Minister vows justice over NSW ink death

A NSW minister has vowed those responsible for the death of a worker who was trapped and killed by a mixing blade in a commercial ink tank will be held to account.

Authorities are investigating how the machinery swung into operation during cleaning, killing man and injuring two others, in Sydney's west on Thursday.

Craig Tanner, 42, was killed after being trapped in the ink tank at DIC Australia's Auburn factory, while his workmates, aged 28 and 32, were rushed to Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

NSW Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean described the incident as "an absolute tragedy".

"No worker deserves to be injured on the job, let alone lose their life," he said in a statement.

"I can assure the community that SafeWork will do whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of this terrible incident and those responsible will be held to account."

Family and friends paid tribute to the father on social media.

"RIP Craig Tanner, best mate to so many, love you with all my heart mate ... Its wrong," friend Craig tanner posted to Facebook.

"We are doing what we do in tough times. Sticking together and helping the family."

"Craig will be remembered as one of the good guys," another friend posted.

A DIC Australia spokesman on Friday told AAP: "I've just got no comment."

The 28-year-old worker remains in a stable condition in hospital and the 32-year-old was discharged on Friday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

NSW Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

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