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Accident: 202471363 - Museum Director Dies After Falling Down Stairs

Accident: 202471363 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 04/02/2012
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482940904/23/20128412Santa Barbara Historical Museum
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on April 2, 2012, an employee was working as the executive director of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. The facility was a historical museum with an extensive collection of books, information on the region, and gifts. At the time of the incident he was about to descend the basement stairs. He did not turn on the light, and he fell, landing at the bottom approximately 17 feet (5.2 meters) below. He was next to a museum guest at the time, but none of the company's employees or supervisors witnessed the incident. The employee was transported to Cottage Hospital and was treated for 19 days. He died on April 21, 2012. The Division was notified of the incident at 10:20 a.m. that same day by the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. It initiated an inspection on April 23, 2012. Interviews were conducted of the current acting executive director, the facilities manager, and coworkers of the employee. The investigation concluded that no Title 8 standard was violated in connection with this accident. As a result, the Division did not issue serious accident-related citations. Only non-accident-related citations were issued.
Keywords: stair, walking surface, fall, lost balance, ankle, poor visibility
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314829409 Fatality Other Actors and directors

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