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Dead man 'crushed' in bin lorry

Raymond Pickering
The inquest heard Mr Pickering would sleep rough inside bins

A man found dead at a waste depot in Nottingham had been crushed to death in a dustcart after falling asleep in a wheelie bin, an inquest has heard.

Raymond Pickering, 54, from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, was discovered at the Biffa site in Colwick on 15 May.

He had been sleeping rough in a large commercial bin which had been emptied with him inside that morning.

Mairin Casey, assistant deputy coroner for Nottinghamshire, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

'Very tragic'

Ms Casey said: "Mr Pickering certainly seems to have taken refuge in bins and, in this case, one of the bins was collected in the usual way before its contents were put into the back of a truck, so it is quite likely that he was crushed to death.

"It is very tragic and very sad that Mr Pickering should end his life in this way."

The inquest heard binmen did not look inside the bin for health and safety reasons.

Kevin Storrs, who was driving the lorry for Shanks Waste Solutions, said: "When we pick up bins from business premises, we give them a shake in case there are any rats.

"But they could have things like hypodermic needles inside, so, for health and safety reasons, we do not open the lids."

The inquest heard that Mr Pickering would regularly look for food in bins and shelter in them when he did not have a place to stay for the night.



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