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Declan Sullivan died after the video tower he was working in blew over in strong winds

Notre Dame ban the use of hydraulic lifts after tragic death of student

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Declan Sullivan died after the video tower he was working in blew over in strong winds

Notre Dame University will no longer use hydraulic lifts to film football practices after an accident in October 2010 in which a student filmmaker was killed when a lift toppled.

The university will now install remote controlled cameras instead as part of a safety push in the light of the accident.

In a statement to the press Rev. John Jenkins, the university's president, told the press that the new system would fulfill a pledge he made after junior student Declan Sullivan died.

"I said in the days after Declan’s death that we would do everything in our power to make changes to ensure that such an accident does not happen again — here or elsewhere," Jenkins said.

Meanwhile the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration continues to investigate what caused the lift holding Sullivan to fall as he filmed practice on October 27.

The National Weather Service reported gusts of up to 51 miles per hour on the day in question.

Jenkins has declared that the university is responsible for Sullivan’s death because it failed to protect him.

"Declan Sullivan was entrusted to our care, and we failed to keep him safe," Jenkins wrote in an e-mail to students and staff just 10 days after the fatal accident.

The new cameras are expected to be operational for the start of spring football practice on March 23.
 

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