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Death of man in waste skip ‘accidental’

The death of a man that was crushed in a waste skip in West Yorkshire has been ruled as ‘accidental’.

In January 2013, Chris Ogden, 23, climbed into the skip after a night out in Huddersfield. Bradford Coroner’s Court returned a verdict of accidental death related to alcohol and drug use.

According to reports the inquest coroner said he would be writing to the local authority - Kirklees Council - to “explore the possibility of remedial measures” for binmen to check skips and bins.

A council spokesperson told MRW: “The skip involved in the incident was owned and emptied by a commercial company. Kirklees Council has not yet received the letter from the coroner but will take note of its contents when it arrives.

“The council already has procedures in place for staff to check its bins and skips before they empty them and is issuing a reminder in light of this unfortunate incident.”

The council indicated the waste lorry belonged to Leeds Paper Recycling.

Ogaden’s case is only the latest of series of accidents involving people finding death after seeking refuge in waste skips.

Biffa has partnered with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Environmental Services Association and homeless charity homeless StreetLink to undertake research on the issue.

A report is expected by the end of January.

Leeds Paper Recycling has been contacted by MRW for comment on this story.

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