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Pike Co. Road Dept. facing possible fines in worker death

A Quad City restaurant is facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines. After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Osaka Buffet in Moline has to pay nearly $79,000 in back wages to 33 current and former employees. (MGN Image)
A Quad City restaurant is facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines. After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Osaka Buffet in Moline has to pay nearly $79,000 in back wages to 33 current and former employees. (MGN Image)(KWQC)
Published: Dec. 1, 2019 at 8:31 AM EST
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The road department in Pike County could face fines after the death of a worker while on the job.

Danny Taylor died in May after a tree fell from the bucket of his excavator onto the operator’s compartment.

Taylor was also a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Violations from the labor cabinet allege there wasn’t anyone properly trained in first aid on the worksite, employees weren’t given proper safety equipment, and employees weren’t provided a properly hazard-free work environment

Pike County Judge-Executive Ray Jones says the department has already made several changes to improve worker safety.

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