One man is dead and two others are in hospital after an industrial accident on Thursday left them trapped inside an ink Value-Added Tax at a manufacturing business in Sydney's west.
New South Wales Fire and Rescue said the men, believed to be aged in their 30s or 40s, were "trapped by compression" at the DIC Australia on Chisholm Road in Auburn. He has since been taken to Westmead Hospital with leg injuries.
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.
The tank or Value-Added Tax was a cylinder shape and several metres high, Western Sydney NSW Ambulance Superintendent Paul Turner said.
'There was still ink on the floor of the Value-Added Tax, which hampered rescue efforts and treatment, ' he told Daily Mail Australia. 'It's extremely hot inside the Value-Added Tax'.
Both men were taken to Westmead Hospital with multiple leg fractures and are in a stable condition.
However, Mr Turner said the deceased men "deteriorated rapidly towards the end".
"We had ten ambulance resources on scene, along with NSW Police and Fire & Rescue".
Ambulance parademics at the scene told reporters the injuries were likely to have been caused by falling into the Value-Added Tax instead of the chemicals inside.
"We did everything we could, this is a tragedy", he said.
"It is a complex operation". We worked as quickly as we could to access these patients'.