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Notre Dame contests IOSHA investigation findings

Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:21 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Less than a month after receiving several fines totalling $77,500 from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA), Notre Dame has decided to formally contest the findings from the state investigation.  The state investigated whether the school was at fault for the tragic death of videographer Declan Sullivan.  The state investigation revealed six different violations regarding the maintence and precautions for the hydraulic scissor lift that collapsed in a storm with Sullivan inside.

The formal notice of contest allows campus administrators to continue talks with state officials, and attempt to find a more reasonable solution (I'm guessing that would involve less money).  No specific details from the discussions have emerged, but both sides have reported the initial talks to be positive. 

"Notre Dame really is trying to live up to the things they said in the media," IOSHA spokesperson Stephanie McFarland told the Chicago Tribune. "They want to make sure something like this never happens again."

Notre Dame already did install a state-of-the-art videography system.  The new cameras have been placed on the end of long booms and can be controlled remotely.  There is no longer a need to put a videographer up in any kind of lift evironment.  The decisions on the fines were reached after an investigator made 10 visits to the South Bend campus and to take measurements and interview numerous campus officials, including head coach Brian Kelly.   

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 10:29 pm

Notre Dame contests IOSHA investigation findings

What do you expect from Notre Dame?  principles????  look elsewhere

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:29 pm

Notre Dame contests IOSHA investigation findings

I think ND made a mistake not to having proper oversight controlling the use of the lifts but they seem to have learned from the tragedy.  With the technology available today it makes sense to use remotely controlled cameras as tragedy could strike even on a calm day if someone fell or the equipment itself malfunctioned. I was watching the show "Billy the Exterminator" and the hydraulic lift they were using to spray a bee hive malfunctioned and almost dumped the exterminators on the ground.  The passing of Declan Sullivan was a horrible way to learn from a mistake.

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