State settles with Notre Dame in student's death
Thursday, June 30, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The University of Notre Dame has agreed to pay $42,000 to settle a complaint that it committed six safety violations when a student videographer died after a hydraulic lift he was filming a football practice from blew over in a 53 mph wind gust.
Under the settlement announced Friday, the university also agreed to make a substantial contribution to a memorial for 20-year-old Declan Sullivan from Long Grove, Ill., who died in the Oct. 27 accident.
The settlement also requires Notre Dame to launch a nationwide education program directed at other schools about the hazards of the outdoor use of scissor lifts.
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration originally said it was fining Notre Dame $77,500. The settlement reduces a "knowing" violation to a "serious" violation.