The University of Notre Dame in Indiana is releasing new information in
the death of Illinois’s Declan Sullivan who was a student at the
school and filming football practice when he fell to his death. School
officials say after investigating, they found the football staff wasn’t
using the most up-to-date National Weather Service report the day Sullivan
died. The 20-year old died when windy conditions caused the hydraulic
lift he was on to tumble over while he was on the job. On the job injuries
can be deemed Work Comp injuries because a victim suffers them while in
the course and scope of employment.
As reported by
www.theindychannel.com in the article,”Probe: Notre Dame Used Old Weather Info on Day Student
Died,” the National Weather Service had released a warning of wind
gusts near 40 miles per hour. That warning apparently came at 2:54PM just
about 45 minutes before football practice at 3:45PM. The university’s
probe found the football staff was apparently relying on a weather report
from 1:54PM that showed wind gusts of 29 miles per hour. The wind speed
was at more than 50 miles per hour at the time the lift Sullivan was on
blew over. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has
already fined the University of Notre Dame more than $75,000 for violations
connected to the student’s on the job death.
On the job or Work Comp accidents can happen in all different jobs and
at all different times. And unfortunately, sometimes, they can be fatal.
According to the
Indiana Department of Labor, in 2009, 123 workers were killed on the job in the Hoosier state.