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by: JamieD On  Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tragedy struck the University of Notre Dame yesterday as Declan Sullivan of Long Grove, Illinois died when the scissor life he was filming the Fighting Irish’s practice from fell over after being blown by the 50 mph gusting winds.

The 20-year-old student was in a hydraulic scissor lift, which was stretched across a street 50 feet in the air, when it was blown over by the incredibly strong winds, causing it to break through the practice facility fence and fall onto the middle of the street.  Sullivan was immediately rushed to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to reports, Sullivan had posted a couple of tweets before the accident, commenting on the possible dangers he was facing.  His first tweet read, “Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I’ve lived long enough,” while his second read, “Holy [blank]. Holy [blank]. This is terrifying.”  Approximately 45 minutes after the second tweet, the accident occurred.

Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman Marc Lotter has stated that the agency will be investigating the incident to determine whether any fines or penalties should be handed down on the school.  Although it is unknown what type of scissor lift was being used, HHS Wire (one of the companies that manufactures such scissor lifts) indicate on their website that these devices should not be used in winds over 25 mph.  The Irish had held their previous day’s practice indoors for the first time all season due to similar conditions, but clearer skies had them thinking the wind would not necessarily be as big of a problem.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.

We would like to extend out thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Declan Sullivan.  Here is the report from ESPN.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]




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