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Electrical safety notices issued at DIC

Wednesday, 20 December 2017
By Print21

Workplace safety regulator SafeWork NSW has issued a number of notices in relation to electrical safety and work systems as it continues its investigation into a fatal accident at DIC Australia in Sydney that left one man dead and two injured.

The three male workers became trapped in a mixing tank at the DIC ink manufacturing plant on Chisholm Road, Auburn, on Thursday 7 December. Contractor Craig Tanner, 42, a father of three from Engadine in Sydney’s south, died despite rescue efforts by emergency workers.

“Inspectors from SafeWork’s engineering team have inspected the mixer in an effort to determine the cause of the incident,” said SafeWork NSW in a statement.

“Initial inquiries indicate the mixer activated while two workers were undertaking maintenance on the tank. A third worker, aged 28 is reported to have gone to their assistance and been injured.

“A 29-year-old worker that was undertaking maintenance on the tank was freed by emergency services while the other worker, aged 42, was trapped by the mixer’s blade and passed away from injuries he sustained.

“SafeWork NSW has issued a number of notices in relation to electrical safety and systems of work. SafeWork’s investigation remains ongoing.” The safety regulator declined to provide details about the types of notices that have been issued.  NSW Police and the AMWU are also investigating the accident. 

DIC Australia today issued its first public statement about the incident:

Firstly our thoughts and condolences are with Craig Tanner’s family during the extremely difficult period. DIC are profoundly sorry for this tragic loss of life. DIC’s policy in regards to Confined Space Entry, is simply we do not do it. We sub contract that activity out. DIC are working closely with Safe Work, the Police and the AMWU as investigations continue to determine the exact cause of the accident.  At this stage the precise circumstances are unknown. DIC are fully cooperating with Safe Work to address any risks that may be identified, and will act to rectify immediately.

Friends have launched an online fundraiser to help Tanner’s wife and their three young children. As of Wednesday morning, the Tanner Family Foundation had raised more than $68,000.

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