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Fuquay-Varina fined for violations in water treatment facility accident

Posted March 15, 2013

The Town of Fuquay-Varina was fined more than $18,000 by the N.C. Department of Labor in February for not properly protecting employees at a waste water treatment plant where a worker lost his foot in November 2012. 

Dan Hackney, 44, a supervisor at the plant, got his foot caught in a machine strong enough to crush concrete Nov. 15.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health cited the town for four serious violations, including not having a secure lid on the grinder that severed Hackney's foot and not having guard rails on the platform located over the grinder. 

Workers at the plant spent more than 90 minutes trying to free Hackney after he became trapped. 

After he was freed, he underwent five surgeries at WakeMed, where doctors were forced to amputate about 90 percent of Hackney's right foot.

Hackney, who was hired in January 2011, said the Town of Fuquay-Varina was dedicated to improving the plant and was very supportive of the upgrades he suggested.

The fines paid by Fuquay-Varina held public schools.

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  • cpwater Mar 18, 2013

    An accident that turned out for the better. I do feel the guy who lost his foot, that is tragic, I operate a few small water treatment plants and as a contractor, it is my responsibility to report to the owners what I find to be unsafe and changed. I'm glad to see that the town is moving forward with those changes, hope everything works out for the better.