Bin man dies in ‘incident’ with refuge lorry during morning rounds

Emergency crews raced to the scene in Coventry to find the victim in a critical condition

Lucy Skoulding
Thursday 19 January 2023 18:48 GMT
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A bin man has died following an ‘incident’ involving a refuse lorry while collecting rubbish on his morning rounds.

Police, fire and ambulance crews raced to the scene on Guild Road, in Foleshill, Coventry, to find the victim in a critical condition at 10am this morning.

Despite the efforts of medics, the worker, who was a senior member of the council’s collection team, could not be saved.

Coventry City Council said services had been suspended for the rest of the day to protect the welfare of their crew.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to an incident involving a refuse collection lorry on Guild Road, Coventry at 9.58am.

“Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

“On arrival crews found a man in a critical condition.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The city council also said it was co-operating with West Midlands Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A spokesperson for Coventry City Council said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the senior crew member who has tragically lost his life while at work this morning.

“The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into this tragic incident, and we will be cooperating fully with them and the police as part of that.

“We are offering our full support to the crew involved and the wider workforce.”

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