Death in a vat of ink

Worker killed, two in­jured in bizarre fac­tory ac­ci­dent

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - NICK HANSEN

ONE man died and an­other was se­ri­ously in­jured when the “mix­ing arm” in­side an ink vat crushed them at a western Syd­ney fac­tory yes­ter­day.

A third man was in­jured when he jumped in to try to save his work­mates.

The two men had been in­side clean­ing the vat when the arm spon­ta­neously moved, trap­ping them in the tank at the DIC Aus­tralia fac­tory on Chisholm Rd, Auburn at 8.45am.

Am­bu­lance, po­lice and NSW Fire and Res­cue crews ar­rived and be­gan a com­pli­cated and dif­fi­cult op­er­a­tion to res­cue the men who were cov­ered in ink.

The 28-year-old man who tried to free the men was helped out a man­hole with leg in­juries but it took emer­gency crews two hours to free the sec­ond man, aged 29, who also had in­juries to his legs.

“The third per­son to go in was rend­ing as­sis­tance so he was eas­ily re­moved,” NSW Am­bu­lance Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Turner said.

“It was two hours be­fore the sec­ond per­son was re­leased. The mech­a­nism it­self was quite dif­fi­cult to try to re­lease so we could save these poor guys.”

The body of the last man to be re­trieved, a con­trac­tor un­der­stood to be in his 40s, was then re­moved and his fam­ily in­formed of the tragedy. One of the in­jured men was re­leased from West­mead Hos­pi­tal last night while the other re­mained there in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Po­lice will pre­pare a re­port for the coroner while SafeWork NSW will also in­ves­ti­gate why the ma­chine started, or moved, while the men were in­side.

Res­cuers bat­tled to free three work­ers from an ink vat at an Auburn fac­tory. Main pic­ture: Peter Rae

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