The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the school $77,500 last month for ignoring industry standards that could have prevented Sullivan's death.

The university report, however, takes exception with the agency's ruling that Notre Dame knowingly operated the lifts in dangerous weather conditions.

"Although the university respects IOSHA's view, the investigation did not find any evidence that university employees knew they were using lifts in wind speeds which exceeded lift capabilities," it states. "The staff made a subjective, good-faith judgment based upon the weather information they had reviewed."

Officials acknowledged that the campus risk management office was unaware the team used the lifts to record practices. Football videographers were trained to use the lifts by the athletic department and did not receive the campus-required instruction for lift operators, according to the report.

In light of the report, the university will adopt new safety protocols, including the installation of on-field wind gauges and the adoption of the international wind-speed standards when operating lifts. It already banned the use of lifts to record practices and replaced them with a remote-controlled camera system.

The university will also work with IOSHA, the NCAA and a collegiate videographers association on a national safety campaign for hydraulic lift use.

"I think we're all collectively focused on making sure nothing like this happens again," Kelly said.

Sullivan's family, which met with university officials over the weekend, expressed appreciation for a "comprehensive and thorough" review of the accident and indicated they would join Notre Dame's effort to promote the safe use of hydraulic lifts.

"For us, that's the most important aspect of the report," said Sullivan's uncle Mike Miley, the family's spokesman. "We want to prevent this from happening in the future."

Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton contributed.

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