Notre Dame To Appeal Scaffolding Ruling: Report

The school was fined $77,500 in March in connection to the death of a student videographer

By Lisa Balde
|  Thursday, Apr 7, 2011  |  Updated 3:36 PM CDT
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Notre Dame To Appeal Scaffolding Ruling: Report

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The University of Notre Dame plans to appeal violations cited last month in the 2010 death of a student videographer.

Notre Dame filed paperwork to appeal Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration's findings that the school ignored industry standards that could have prevented the death, the Chicago Tribune reports

IOSHA fined the South Bend campus $77,500 in March.

Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old film and marketing student from Long Grove, was filming football practice from a hydraulic scissor lift when it fell over in strong wind gusts. The lift reportedly toppled in winds of up to 51 mph. Sullivan died Oct. 27.

After an investigation, Notre Dame was cited for five violations, including not maintaining safe working conditions and failing to properly train Sullivan to operate the lift.

The university disagreed with part of the ruling, the Tribune reports, and recently filed a notice of contest to give the school more time to discuss the ruling among administrators and with IOSHA.

Last month, Notre Dame announced it would no longer use hydraulic lifts in favor of a remote video system to film football practices.

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