Notre Dame fined for scissor lift tipover fatality

16 March 2011

The University of Notre Dame has been fined $77,500 for for ignoring industry standards and allowing a student to operate a scissor lift in dangerously high wind conditions, which lead to the student's death last October.

Declan Sullivan, 20, died when the scissor lift he was operating to film the university's football practice toppled over in winds that gusted up to 51 mph that day. Sullivan had not been trained to operate the scissor lift.

According to the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the fine included five serious violations and one knowing violation by Notre Dame for allowing Sullivan to operate the scissor lift even after the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning.

The accident was classified as a preventable workplace fatality.

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