Worker Killed, 2 Injured In Australian Industrial Accident

One worker was killed and two others injured after becoming trapped in an ink vat in Sydney, Australia.

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One worker was killed and two others injured after becoming trapped in an ink vat in Sydney, Australia.

According to reports, on Thursday, Dec. 7 two workers were inside an ink vat cleaning it when the mixing blade moved and trapping one man and injuring another. A third worker was injured while trying to rescue the two.

Rescue crews responded to the DIC Australia factory. Two of the men were freed after about two hours and were taken to the hospital for their injuries. Rescuers worked to free the third man, who was conscious when they arrived, but died shortly before midday.

News agency’s report there was ink still in the vat which made rescue efforts difficult even though some of the rescuers were experts in working in confined spaces.

“We had 10 ambulance resources on scene, along with NSW Police and Fire and Rescue ... We did absolutely everything we could,” NSW Ambulance Superintendent Paul Turner said. “It’s a tragic set of circumstances so close to Christmas”.

Police and SafeWork NSW are investigating the incident.

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