Worker dead at DIC ink factory

One worker is dead and two others are in hospital suffering serious but non-life threatening injuries after a tragic accident in ink vat at the DIC ink manufacturing plant in Auburn today.

The three men fell into the vat around 8.30am this morning, three hours later two had been rescued but the third had tragically passed away, with his body still in there.

The three men were cleaning the giant vat, with early indications suggesting a blade above them moved, trapping the men.  The vat had ink at the bottom, and is a confined space, complicating the rescue efforts.

After several hours emergency services freed two of the men, who are now in Westmead Hospital both with multiple leg fractures.

DIC (formerly known as Dainippon Ink & Chemicals) is one of the world’s biggest ink companies. It is Australia’s largest ink manufacturer, producing inks for all sectors of the industry from its Auburn site.

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