Notre Dame has been fined $77,500 by the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration over the death last fall of a videographer who was using a hydraulic lift to shoot football practice.
After a nearly five-month investigation by the state agency, the school, according to one report, was fined for failing to follow industry standards that could have prevented the death Oct. 27 of Declan Sullivan, who was killed when the lift toppled last year during a storm in South Bend, Ind. The agency classified the accident as a preventable workplace fatality, according to Indiana Department of Labor commissioner Lori Torres.
Notre Dame was found to have committed six violations, each of which came with a fine, according to chicagobreakingsports.com. For "knowingly exposing its employees to unsafe conditions by directing its untrained student videographers to use the scissor lift during a period of time when the National Weather Service issued an active wind advisory with sustained winds and guests in excess of the manufactured specifications and warnings," the school was fined $55,000.
According to Torres, the school also failed to properly train Sulliver and to have the lift regularly inspected.