During the middle of last week winds up to 60 miles per hour roared across the Midwest causing damage where they blew. What was referenced as an inland hurricane created a tragic turn of events for a young Notre Dame student who was killed when a wind gust toppled his video tower. Authorities have classified the death as a workplace fatality and have begun a premises liability investigation.
The 20-year-old was a junior at Notre Dame and double majored in film and marketing. He loved his work as a writer for the school newspaper and as a videographer for the Notre Dame Football team. Last Wednesday, the college student was recording a football practice from a 50 foot video tower during the unusual weather pattern. A gust of strong wind knocked the tower over and the young man fell to his death.
Hours before the football practice began, the college junior sent out messages over his Twitter account commenting on the state of the weather and sensing danger. Before starting his videography work for the day, the student posted a message to Twitter that read, “Gusts of wind up to 60 mph today will be fun at work . . . I guess I’ve lived long enough.” A few moments before the student fell, he posted another message that exclaimed how terrifying the weather conditions were.
Notre Dame and its Athletic Director have had to field questions on why practice was held on that day when practice was held inside the previous day. The death has been classified as a workplace fatality by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Administration’s investigators and their Portland car accident lawyers have begun their own examination of the accident.