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|Death On Notre Dame Lift Spurs Schools To Action
|SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A year after a University of Notre Dame student was killed while filming football practice, universities across the country have tightened their use of aerial lifts, or eliminated them altogether.
Notre Dame has stopped using them and installed remote-controlled cameras. The University of Florida spent $650,000 to build six permanent towers so it can reduce its use of lifts. Other schools tightened their policies, including putting limits on the wind speeds in which they can be used.
Twenty-year-old Declan Sullivan was killed Oct. 27, 2010, when winds up to 53 mph blew over the lift he was atop. The policy changes are the result of internal reviews sparked by his death and a push by state and federal regulators and Notre Dame to make schools aware of the dangers.
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