Indiana regulators fined Notre Dame $77,500 for six safety violations related to the October death of a 20-year-old student. The studend was killed when the school’s hydraulic scissor lift fell in high winds while he was filming football practice.
According to the regulators in the Indiana Department of Labor, the university failed to maintain safe working conditions or heed National Weather Service warnings. The lift toppled in windy conditions. At one point in the day, wind speeds in the area reached 53 mph. The scissor lift should not be used if winds exceed 28 mph. The National Weather Service had issued a high wind warning with winds gusts of 45 mph expected. The school was found negligent for allowing the student to be in the lift after the advisory had been issued.
Other violations listed in the findings include a failure to regularly inspect the lifts and have the operator’s manual on the equipment. In addition, some warning labels were missing. Other labels were faded and weathered.