Friday, June 23, 2000

OSHA probes fatal crash

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Thursday launched an investigation into an accident in which a 56-year-old flagger was killed near a construction site in South Cumminsville.

        Margaret Davidson of Bond Hill died after being hit by a truck Wednesday afternoon.

        Bennif Collins, assistant area director of OSHA, said the agency wants to know whether any safety rules were violated on the construction site.

        “This becomes a concern whenever there is an accident at a construction site,” Mr. Collins said.

        Police have not charged 70-year-old William C. Henry of Kennedy Heights, who was driving the truck that struck the woman at 12:47 p.m., as she waited for her lunch near the site.

        The woman, whom friends and co-workers referred to by the nickname, “Venus” was an employee of the Treble Construction Co. in Delhi Township. The company was repairing a bridge in the 3200 block of Millcreek Road.

        “She was a very good worker and a joy to have around,” said Butch Nemann, a vice president of the company. “She will be missed. She had worked for this company about 10 years.”

        Mr. Nemann said her son was due to arrive in Cincinnati on Thursday from Texas.

        Police said the truck, driven by Mr. Henry, went onto the sidewalk and struck the woman. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where she died.

        Mr. Henry was taken to the University Medical Center where he was treated for chest pains and released.

        He has been a maintainence worker for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission for 36 years, said Julie Isphording, public relations officer for the commission.

        She said Mr. Henry was on duty when he drove past the site.

        “He has a clean driving record, and his licenses were up-to-date,” Ms. Isphording said. She said Mr. Henry took the mandatory drug and alcohol test Wednesday at the hospital after the accident. Results of the test have not been released.


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