Man trapped in tank in western Sydney worksite dies

A man holds his head in his hands as he walks through the DIC Australia factory on Thursday

It is believed two men aged in their 30s to 40s were inside the mixing tank to clean it this morning when they became trapped.

Just before 8.45am, emergency services rushed to Chisholm Road in Auburn after receiving reports three workers were trapped inside a tank.

Ten ambulances responded to the scene, along with Police and Fire and Rescue trucks.

New South Ambulance superintendent Paul Turner said the deceased man, aged in his thirties, had been trapped by his legs, describing the area as "a very hard scene".

"My understanding is that the men were doing maintenance ... inside the Value-Added Tax but there was still ink hampering rescue efforts". 'It's extremely hot inside the Value-Added Tax, ' he said.

A complex rescue operation is now underway to free the other two men, believed to be seriously injured.

"The last person deteriorated on the scene ... multiple ambulance resources [were] inside with the man trying to save his life", Superintendent Turner said.


Paramedics, NSW Fire & Rescue and Police Rescue are on the scene.

"We did everything we could this is a tragedy", he said.

Rescue crews were able to rescue two men from the tank, with at least one being taken to Westmead Hospital with leg fractures.

'We did absolutely everything we could.

"We are working as quickly as we can to access these patients".

SafeWork NSW has also sent inspectors to the site to investigate, a spokesman told Australian Associated Press.

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