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Kentucky regulators fine Campbellsville University for violation on same day as fatal "ice bucket challenge"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Kentucky workplace safety regulators fined Campbellsville University for a “serious” violation that occurred on the same day two firefighters were injured during an ice-bucket challenge at the school.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet assessed the $7,000 penalty after a university employee “failed to wear a body belt and lanyard” while operating an aerial lift on August 21, according to the citation obtained under the state's public records law.

Otto Tennant, the school's vice president of finance and administration, said the lift was not the one being used by the Campbellsville Fire Department when a bucket apparently got too close to a power line and was struck by an arc of electricity.

Tennant said the school normally uses its lift for changing light bulbs and other maintenance, but it was set up on Aug. 21 so that an employee could take photos of students raising money for ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The university did not challenge the fine, which was lowered to $4,000, according to the Labor Cabinet.

“There is no contesting it because our guy said, ‘We don't have a harness,'” Tennant said. Following the August citation, he said, the university has added training for workers using the lift.

Campbellsville Fire Capt. Tony Grider died in September from injuries he suffered the previous month at the university about 80 miles south of Louisville. Kentucky regulators, which oversee the federal Occupational Safety and Health Program in the state, continue to investigate that incident.

Previous coverage:

http://www.wdrb.com/story/26338697/campbellsville-firefighters-seriously-injured-in-accident-after-ice-water-challenge

http://www.wdrb.com/story/26583869/campbellsville-firefighter-injured-during-als-ice-bucket-challenge-dies

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