Man gets trapped in bin lorry after ‘falling asleep in bin’ in Warwickshire

The scene of the incident. Photo by West Midlands Ambulance Service.
The scene of the incident. Photo by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

A man has been rescued from a bin lorry after falling asleep in a bin in Warwickshire.

The man appeared to have been sleeping in a large industrial bin when it was tipped into a refuse lorry.

He began shouting from inside the lorry and ambulance and fire crews worked together to get him out using scaffolding and a ladder.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Avenue Road in Nuneaton shortly before 9.45am today (Tuesday July 28).

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, a number of resources from the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It appears he was asleep in a large industrial bin, the contents of which were tipped into the refuse lorry.

“After the lorry’s machinery had compacted the load, movement was noticed among the rubbish and someone was heard shouting from inside.

“Ambulance crews and the fire service worked together to get him out safely in what was a logistically difficult operation. He could only be safely removed via the top of the vehicle.

“First, the rubbish had to be moved to be able to reach the man who was given pain relief. He was then immobilised inside the lorry. A fire service ladder was placed inside the lorry.

“Meanwhile, outside, scaffolding was assembled along the side of the vehicle. Ambulance and fire crews lifted him together up the ladder, over the top of the lorry, then down the side using the scaffolding.

“He had pains to his legs and back but further assessments didn’t reveal any obvious injuries.

“He was taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”