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Notre Dame Bans Hydraulic Lifts

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – The University of Notre Dame has decided to stop using hydraulic lifts to film football practices after a student plunged to his death while videoing a practice in October.

University officials said Tuesday that the school will instead use a remote video system.

Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, says the system will prevent a repeat of the Oct. 27 accident that killed 20-year-old Declan Sullivan of Long Grove, Ill.

Sullivan was in a hydraulic lift videoing football practice when it toppled as winds gusted up to 51 mph.

The university says four cameras are being placed atop 50-foot-high poles.

The system will be ready when spring practice opens March 23.

The Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the accident.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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