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HSE queries police over death in skip

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is asking West Yorkshire police why the HSE had not been informed that police were investigating the death of a man crushed in a waste skip in January 2013.

A court ruled the fatality as an accidental death related to alcohol and drug use in January 2014.

A spokesperson for the HSE told MRW that the incident had not been reported to them. The HSE participated in investigations on similar cases in 2009/2010, when three fatalities in bins were reported, and in 2012/13, when another three fatalities were reported.

She added that MRW’s query prompted the HSE to inquire on the circumstances.

The spokesperson said: “This incident was not reported to HSE and therefore we were not involved with the police investigation.

“However now that it has been brought to our attention we will make some enquiries to confirm the circumstances.”

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire police told MRW that the police could not immediately comment, but would make a statement later on in the week.

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