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Investigation finds no fault in Ivy Tech death

"After a thorough investigation into training and safety practices and operating procedures used at the time of the accident and currently, the department concluded that no violations of employee training or safety standards were present."

Craig Porter fell to his death Nov. 2 from a tower at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette. (By John Terhune/Journal & Courier)


No safety violations were found in the death investigation of an Ivy Tech Community College faculty member who fell from a tower last month.

On Nov. 2, Craig Porter, 37, was in the midst of teaching an Ivy Tech student about safety and climbing on a metal tower when, for an unknown reason, he fell approximately 65 feet to the ground on the Lafayette campus. He died soon after the fall.

The Indiana Department of Labor conducted an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into what happened and found no state or federal codes were broken.

"After a thorough investigation into training and safety practices and operating procedures used at the time of the accident and currently, the department concluded that no violations of employee training or safety standards were present," said Bob Dittmer, a spokesman for the Department of Labor. "As a consequence, no safety order will be issued, and this case is considered closed."

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Craig Porter fell to his death Nov. 2 from a tower at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette. (By John Terhune/Journal & Courier)


No safety violations were found in the death investigation of an Ivy Tech Community College faculty member who fell from a tower last month.

On Nov. 2, Craig Porter, 37, was in the midst of teaching an Ivy Tech student about safety and climbing on a metal tower when, for an unknown reason, he fell approximately 65 feet to the ground on the Lafayette campus. He died soon after the fall.

The Indiana Department of Labor conducted an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into what happened and found no state or federal codes were broken.

"After a thorough investigation into training and safety practices and operating procedures used at the time of the accident and currently, the department concluded that no violations of employee training or safety standards were present," said Bob Dittmer, a spokesman for the Department of Labor. "As a consequence, no safety order will be issued, and this case is considered closed."

Porter and the students were wearing full-body harnesses approved by OSHA for working on wind turbines, according to Ivy Tech.

An explanation of what caused Porter to fall was not provided by IOSHA.

Porter was chairman of the energy technology program at Ivy Tech's Lafayette region. The college offers technical certification for wind energy technology, which includes wind turbine maintenance and climbing safety.

Ivy Tech officials said Wednesday they were satisfied with IOSHA's investigation and would not conduct any further investigation internally.

"The training tower will be ready for students to begin using when they return for the spring semester," Lafayette campus spokesman Tom McCool said. "Our instructors and students will continue to follow the same safety and training practices per the operating procedures stated in OSHA's fall protection guidelines."

OSHA guidelines say workers exposed to fall distances of 6 feet or more must be protected from falls by a personal fall arrest system, such as a body harness or other measure.

This month, Ivy Tech announced it was naming a new center after Porter, the Craig Porter Energy Center. The center is to be powered solely by renewable energy and be used to teach renewable energies, smart grid integration and electric vehicle charging stations.

The Tippecanoe County coroner's office reported Porter died from blunt force trauma from the fall. The office did not recommend an investigation into the death.


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DEC 29 2011
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