A bulldozer operator was killed at a Davenport construction site Tuesday after an embankment he was grading gave way and the heavy equipment tipped over, trapping him underneath.

The man’s employer and Davenport police identified the worker as Thomas H. McLachlan, 56, of Davenport. On its website, Hawkeye Paving identified McLachlan as the company’s lead operator since 1987.

The company declined further comment on the accident, referring to a statement on its 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,” according to the statement at www.hawkeyepaving.com.

McLachlan was grading the property on the east side of the 3900 block of Elmore Avenue when the accident happened at 8:41 a.m. He died at the scene, according to police, who are continuing to investigate the accident.

The site is a planned hotel and retail complex, called Elmore Marketplace, owned by Heart of America Group of Moline. Work at the site began shortly after Thanksgiving, Heart of America vice president Kirk Whalen said. The development company also expressed its sympathies for the worker’s death.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, fellow workers and friends,” Whalen said.


EARLIER REPORT: The contractor for a construction site on Elmore Avenue identified the worker killed after being trapped under a bulldozer as Thomas H. McLachlan.

McLachlan was identified on Hawkeye Paving’s website as the company’s lead operator since 1987.

The company declined comment on the accident, referring to a statement on its 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,” according to the statement at www.hawkeyepaving.com.

The company had been grading the property on the east side of Elmore on property north of Lowe’s Home Improvement, 3955 Elmore Ave.

The site is a planned hotel and retail complex, called Elmore Marketplace, owned by Heart of America Group of Moline. Work at the site began shortly after Thanksgiving, said Heart of America vice president Kirk Whalen. The company also expressed its sympathies for the worker’s death.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, fellow workers and friends,” Whalen said.


EARLIER REPORT: A construction worker was killed when he was trapped underneath a bulldozer at a work site on Elmore Avenue in Davenport this morning.

The man was removed from the scene after being freed by Davenport police and firefighters who responded to the scene.

No other information on the accident is available.


EARLIER REPORT: A construction worker operating a bulldozer was trapped underneath it when it tipped over at a work site on Elmore Avenue near Lowe's in Davenport this morning.

The man was removed from the scene after being freed by Davenport police and firefighters who responded to the scene.

His condition was not known as of about 10:30 a.m.


EARLIER REPORT:  The man has been removed the from scene. His condition is unknown.


EARLIER REPORT: The northbound lanes of Elmore Avenue by Lowe’s are closed to traffic this morning because a man is pinned underneath an overturned bulldozer.

 More information to come.