Man dies after falling into tank of hot ink

Man trapped by legs in oil tank

A factory worker has perished in a really horrific manner after getting trapped inside a hot ink tank while cleaning it out.

Emergency services have been called to a business premises in western Sydney this morning following reports three men are trapped at the site.

Michael Stinson, a worker on site, said that two men rushed to help the third when he became trapped in the Value-Added Tax while conducting maintenance.

Three men, all aged in their twenties, were initially all conscious and talking when they were trapped about 8.45am on Thursday.

New South Wales Ambulance Superintendent Paul Turner said two workers were rescued, one after a few minutes and another after two hours, but it was impossible to save the victim.

New South Wales Ambulance Superintendent Paul Turner said that because of the circumstances a rescue attempt was incredibly hard.

A complex extraction operation is underway at an Auburn worksite following reports of the injuries
A complex extraction operation is underway at an Auburn worksite following reports of the injuries

Two others remain trapped and are believed to be in critical condition.

Supt Turner said: 'The third patient unfortunately died on scene, this is a awful tragedy.

Two other maintenance workers who went inside the tank, were able to escape but were taken to a local hospital with leg fractures.

"It is understood that the rescue will be a complex operation and may take four or more hours", the spokesman said in the earlier statement.

The conditions in the tank were "hot", he said.

"We did absolutely everything we could". It's a tragic set of circumstances so close to Christmas'.

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