A Bettendorf-based paving and underground utility general contractor is being fined $4,000 in a fatal Dec. 11 bulldozer accident in Davenport.
Thomas H. McLachlan, 56, of Davenport was killed when the embankment he was grading gave way and the heavy equipment tipped over, trapping him underneath.
McLachlan was grading the property on the east side of the 3900 block of Elmore Avenue when the accident happened. Police said he died at the scene.
McLachlan was lead operator of Hawkeye Paving Corp.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident and concluded that Hawkeye Paving did not do regular inspections to ensure heavy equipment operators were wearing their seat belts as a safety precaution.
A representative for the company could not be reached Monday for comment.
According to a statement on the company’s website: “The entire company is saddened by the loss of a very valuable employee and a wonderful person who will be missed terribly by all of us.”
Hawkeye Paving Corp. has been a family-owned and -operated paving and underground utility general contractor for 27 years.