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Marquell wrote that another videographer had said Collins told him that Notre Dame would be practicing outside that day “contrary to his judgment.” That videographer said Collins also told him to raise his lift “half way up” and to go no higher than the top of the goal posts.

Messages seeking comment from Collins were left Tuesday at his home and office by The Associated Press.

The so-called scissor lifts rented by the university were not supposed to be used in winds above 28 mph, but the weather service had issued a warning saying winds of 25 mph to 35 mph were expected with gusts of up to 45 mph.

The university was at fault for allowing Sullivan to be in the lift after the weather service had issued the advisory, Torres said.

Collins told the investigator that no one advised him not to use the lifts that day. Collins told him he had monitored weather service reports that said winds were in the mid-20s with gusts between 29 mph and 31 mph.

The IOSHA report did not identify who was responsible for making the decision to allow student videographers to go up in the lifts that day. Torres said IOSHA typically doesn’t include that in its reports.

Torres and Deputy Labor Commissioner Jeff Carter both said they didn’t know whose decision that was. Carter said the IOSHA investigation focused on whether Notre Dame was at fault, not who at Notre Dame was at fault.

“The decision to play outdoors was the coaches _ whether they were going to practice inside or outside, I think that was the coaches,” Carter said.

Coach Brian Kelly told Marquell he decides whether to practice outside, relying “on information from my support staff.”

The school has until April 7 to accept the findings and pay the fines, contest the safety orders or meet with the agency.

John Affleck-Graves, the university executive vice president who is leading the investigation, said the state findings will help the school complete its investigation, saying it should be finalized in four to six weeks. He said university officials hope to meet with IOSHA officials in the next two weeks.

Sullivan’s parents, Barry and Alison, issued a statement saying they appreciated the thorough investigation. They said they are confident Notre Dame “will address the additional issues raised in the IOSHA report.”

“This report is an important step in preventing future accidents, but its findings do not change the fact that Declan is not with us,” they wrote.

Sullivan’s uncle, Mike Miley, said the report hadn’t changed the family’s opinion, saying they hope others will learn from Sullivan’s death and take appropriate safety steps in the future. He said he hasn’t heard the family talk about a possible lawsuit.

“The focus is on finding ways other organizations can learn from it. I think things might have been different if the university hadn’t been publicly showing that they are taking steps to make their environment better,” Miley said.

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