Statement issued Friday:
The following statement is from the University of Notre Dame in response to the announcement this morning from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration on resolution of the case involving the tragic death of Notre Dame student videographer Declan Sullivan.
Notre Dame appreciates the professionalism that IOSHA officials have demonstrated throughout this process and is pleased to have reached agreement with them on the safety orders.
What remains ever-present throughout this process is the reality of the loss experienced by Declan Sullivan’s family and friends, all of whom remain in the thoughts and prayers of the Notre Dame community.
Notre Dame is committed to doing all we can to ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again and is working with IOSHA and others on a national education initiative on aerial-lift safety in regard to setup, training and weather-related risks.
We felt it was important to extend the conversation with IOSHA to obtain the highest level of accuracy in its final report. At its essence, we felt that the lack of available national standards on wind-related safety procedures made it impossible to put anyone in harm’s way on a “knowing” basis, as was explained in our own investigation report.
Any detail related to contributions by Notre Dame remain a private matter between the Sullivan family and the University.