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SafeWork inspects mixer blade in fatal accident

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
By Graham Osborne

The Tanner family.

The NSW workplace safety regulator has called in engineering experts to examine an ink mixer blade after an accident at the DIC Australia factory 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, last Thursday.

“Initial inquiries indicate the mixer activated while two workers were undertaking maintenance on the tank,” said SafeWork NSW in a statement.

“A 29-year-old worker 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. A third worker, aged 28, is reported to have gone to their assistance and been injured.

“Engineering experts from SafeWork’s TestSafe division will inspect the mixer in an effort to determine the cause of the incident. SafeWork’s investigation remains ongoing.”

42-year-old contractor Craig Tanner, a father of three from Engadine in Sydney’s south who ran Complete Blasting Solutions, died after becoming trapped in the tank despite frantic rescue attempts by emergency workers. One of the trapped workers was pulled from the tank suffering multiple leg fractures.

Friends have launched an online fundraiser to help Tanner’s wife and their three children.

Tragically, Craig lost his life in a freak work accident just weeks out from Christmas and leaves behind his loving wife Rachel and their three beautiful boys – Harper, aged 7, Flynn aged 5 and Ollie aged 3.

Craig was a truly amazing guy – loved by all, kind, generous, funny and smart. Most importantly he adored his wife Rachel and his three boys more than anything. Let’s get together and all dig deep to lessen the financial burden left on this amazing family. 

 Please donate any amount large or small to Rachel and the kids to help with ongoing bills and to make sure that financial burden isn’t something they have to think about during this tragic time.

As of Wednesday morning, the Tanner Family Foundation had raised more than $49,000.

NSW Police and the AMWU are also investigating the accident. “We’ll conduct a full on-site investigation to find out what happened,” said an AMWU spokesperson. A spokesperson for DIC Australia said: “We can’t provide any information at this stage because we don’t know what happened.”

Workers at the site have been offered trauma counselling.



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