The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration released interviews with administrators, coaches and students about what happened on Oct. 27, 2010, the day Notre Dame junior Declan Sullivan fell to his death while filming a football practice.
Tuesday, IOSHA fined the University of Notre Dame $77,500 for breaking six safety rules leading up to Sullivan's death.
After months of investigating, the interviews released on Wednesday were vivid and informative.
The documents include interviews with Coach Brian Kelly, Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick and several of Sullivan's fellow student videographers.
Two of the three other students filming on that day say they saw Sullivan's lift fall over and all three say they felt that strong gust of wind.
- Michael Frank, one of the student videographers taping practice that day.
"...he (Collins) asked how comfortable I felt and I told him that the lift was not swaying and I was comfortable going higher. He told me to go no higher than the top of the goal posts...," Frank said.
One hour later, everything changed."A particularly strong gust blew over my heavy tri-pod box across the lift and in to the back gate. This was the first moment I became frightened. I happen to look over my shoulder and saw Declan's lift falling to the ground,” Frank said.
Frank lowered his lift to the ground, packed his equipment and was told go inside to an office.
- Student Courtney Haddick,was also on a lift that day.
She told investigators when they found out practice would be outside, "there was a little joking about how windy it was but yes, just a regular day."
She had only been up on the lift for "maybe 10 minutes and there was a gust of wind much stronger than before and I had reached down to make sure that my camera had not fallen over. I looked over and saw Declan's lift fall."
Haddick immediately lowered her lift.
- David Murray was another videographer, but he was in a tower.
He also told investigators there was nothing out of the ordinary until a gust of wind lifted up his tripod.
Again, this is just what the videographers told investigators. Many more people were interviewed that day and it's all in a report released by I-OSHA.
- Tim Collins told investigators "no," when asked if he personally felt he should not use the lifts that day.
- Brian Kelly told investigators it was a beautiful day, 68 degrees, and he remembered looking up at 11:54am and the wind was 22 miles per hour.
He said practice was normal and then, “When a big gust hit me unlike anything else during the day of practice," … That's when Kelly heard the Sullivan's lift was down.
WSBT will bring you more in-depth information from this report on Thursday and be sure to read sports reporter Eric Hansen's full story in Friday's South Bend Tribune.