Skip to comments.Notre Dame cited for safety violations in student death
Posted on 03/15/2011 10:31:24 AM PDT by jpl
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Department of Labor has cited the University of Notre Dame for safety violations in the wake of the death of student-employee Declan Sullivan last October.
Sullivan died after strong winds toppled a scissor-lift he was standing on while videotaping a Notre Dame football practice on October 27. He was 20 years old.
"We've issued a knowing citation, which indicates the most serious safety violation," said Department of Labor Commissioner Lori Torres during a morning news briefing at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. "The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrated that the university made a decision to utilize its scissor lifts in known adverse weather conditions."
The agency also cited Notre Dame with five other serious safety violations, including failure to properly train the student employees in how to operate a scissor lift. In all, fines amounting to $77,500 were levied against the university.
Winds were gusting at around 50 miles per hour when the lift Sullivan was using fell.
I imagine the civil suit will be much more painful for the University
No, that is how much the fine is for the violations. The value of the loss of life will be determined in a settlement from ND of the wrongful death suit which has been or will be filed.
This decision would go a long way towards making fighting the lawsuit a moot point.
That’s how much a workers life is worth in Indiana. That’s why workers comp is so low.
Three years ago our only son was killed by a drunk driver who was the same age as he.
We did everything we could to make sure that his sentence was not horrific to prevent another life from being ruined.
The money is meaningless.
The heartbreak never ends.
There is no closure, you just live with it.
May God give everyone involved strength and peace.