COMMUNITY BASED: Darryl Ohlsen started his business Wizard Removals after facing an accident in 2014 that stopped him from working.
COMMUNITY BASED: Darryl Ohlsen started his business Wizard Removals after facing an accident in 2014 that stopped him from working. Elaelah Harley

Extraordinary comeback after man crushed by 350kg rain tank

WIZARD Removals owner Darryl Ohlsen has come a long way since facing an accident in 2014.

A 350kg rainwater tank had fallen on him and crushed him, breaking his back in two places.

According to Mr Ohlsen, he was left to recover with rods and pins all through his spine, as well as some mental struggles, too.

"I still suffer from severe PTSD from it," he said.

"After the accident, because of everything I also had a lot of trouble getting back in the workforce."

According to Wizard Removals administration officer Vickie Sullivan, it was a long struggle for him.

"We didn't know how he was going with recovery and what he would be able to do afterwards," she said.

Mr Ohlsen decided he would start to work from home and came up with the idea of Wizard Removals.

"It made me want to start my own business, because then I can work from home. I also couldn't do any of the lifting, so we hired two boys to help out," he said.

Ms Sullivan said it gave them some perspective into how the community can be struggling.

"We know what it's like to live in the area, and we've done it tough too. Because of this, we try to give back o the community as much as possible," she said.

"We're only a small business, but we now know how people can need a helping hand every now and then, especially in this drought."

This community mindset has carried through to their business values, where they have previously helped move people in need, including people who have lost their homes.

"We're very community orientated, especially helping with community events too," Ms Sullivan said.

"We also live on a property where it's hard, so we feel for them and want to take away their stress if they need to move."