A couple of hours after the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration issued its report into the workplace death of videographer Declan Sullivan last October, Notre Dame has issued a response.
IOSHA found that the school committed six “serious violations” that directly contributed to Sullivan’s death, which occurred when the hydraulic lift from which he was filming practice toppled over in high winds. Notre Dame was fined a total of $77,5000 for the violations.
Here are statements from the school’s president, executive vice president, athletic director and head football coach.
“Notre Dame has great respect for the thorough and professional manner in which IOSHA officials have conducted their investigation. We have worked collaboratively with them over the past four months and have had a chance today to take a preliminary look at their findings. We will study the details very carefully and take the actions necessary to protect the ongoing safety of our students and staff. We also are very interested in the IOSHA educational effort and have every intention of being a part of that to share what we learn.
“None of these findings can do anything to replace the loss of a young man with boundless energy and creativity. As I said last fall, we failed to keep him safe, and for that we remain profoundly sorry.” — president Rev. John Jenkins.
“The IOSHA findings are very helpful as we begin to conclude our own comprehensive investigation. As part of the agency’s review process, we will meet with officials in the next 15 days. We expect that our report will include information gathered through the IOSHA investigation as we focus on all factors that contributed to the accident, including the series of decisions made on that day. We have committed to making a report of our investigation public and will do so once it is complete and we have finalized our review with IOSHA, which we expect to be in four to six weeks.” — executive vice president and head of the school’s probe into the accident John Affleck-Graves.
“I know John Affleck-Graves is leading a wide-ranging university investigation that will incorporate the findings from IOSHA. But nothing can change the tragic reality of what occurred last October, and all of us in Irish athletics continue to grieve with the Sullivans and keep them in our prayers.” — athletic director Jack Swarbrick.
“Declan was a wonderful member of our football family and is missed to this day. We all continue to both grieve and keep his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. I’m sure the university will use the findings from the state to enhance the investigation into this tragedy.” — head coach Brian Kelly.