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Worker rescued at Fuquay-Varina water treatment plant

Posted November 15, 2012
Updated November 16, 2012

— Firefighters and paramedics spent about 45 minutes Thursday morning rescuing a man trapped in an underground work space at a Fuquay-Varina water treatment plant.

Dan Hackney, a wastewater treatment plant supervisor, was lifted from the concrete bunker on a stretcher and taken to WakeMed. He was listed in good condition on Friday.

Hackney, 44, was part of a crew performing maintenance work about 15 feet below ground at the plant when one of his legs got caught in some machinery at about 9:30 a.m., said Susan Weis, spokeswoman for Fuquay-Varina. His co-workers called for help.

F-V underground rescue Worker's leg caught in machinery at Fuquay plant

"Obviously, we're all very relieved that the situation was resolved quickly," Weis said. "(His injury is) fairly serious. We're all heartbroken at the town of Fuquay-Varina that someone in our family has been hurt."

As he was transferred to a waiting ambulance after being pulled from the bunker, Hackney was conscious and communicating, and he made a sign of encouragement to co-workers and waiting emergency personnel.

Hackney's family couldn't be reached for comment. On his Facebook page, the father of two describes himself as a Christian who likes spending time with his family. His latest concern was the impact Hurricane Sandy had on his family in New Jersey.

The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the incident.


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  • bankersboxer Nov 15, 2012

    I remember touring this plant years ago when there was discussion of diverting flow to other municipalities. I remember thinking the equipment needed to be upgraded and was poorly maintained. Fuquay-Varina has certainly saved money by ignoring or under funding the problems. I hope OSHA and the D.O.L ask if this was preventable. I would think updating equipment and operating procedures is better then trying to run a facility on a shoestring budget and putting your staff at risk. A lesson learned the hard way. I wish Mr. Hackney the best recovery possible.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 15, 2012

    His latest concern was the impact Hurricane Sandy had on his family in New Jersey.

    God bless him and his family and his other family members in NJ.

  • CrewMax Nov 15, 2012

    We know Dan from Upward Basketball. My son just got word from his son that he lost some toes. Bad enough, but, still a blessing.

  • Skywatch_NC Nov 15, 2012

    Prayers and thoughts with Mr. Hackney and his family.

  • Caring Nov 15, 2012

    According to WTVD-11, this gentleman laost his foot. The post here is what is being told by other news media. Glad he is alive and wish him a speedy recovery!

  • Gator Girll Nov 15, 2012

    I heard on Channel 11 that his foot was severed. This was as the ambulance was departing the scene.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 15, 2012

    For those saying he lost a foot, the story says he gave an encouraging sign to co-workers as he was carried off. Doesn't sound like someone who just lost a foot.

    The story says he got a leg or foot caught in machinery, not that he lost it. At least the story doesn't say that yet.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 15, 2012

    Blessed he's ok. Thank God for Earthbound Angels, who put the lives of others before their own safety.

  • kellypsnll Nov 15, 2012

    If this man caught his leg in a piece of machinery, he is going to have a long road to recovery. Hopefully he gets the help he is going to need and that his company helps him out in any way they can.

  • malonem1 Nov 15, 2012

    Glad to hear he was rescued! I hope he recovers soon!