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Bin man flung into air in ‘frightening’ wagon hoist freak accident

Written by on 03/12/2020

A Barnsley bin man was dragged up off the ground after getting caught on a hoist used to empty wheelie bins at the back of the truck.

Thankfully the worker was not seriously hurt in the freak accident but Barnsley Council has conceded the experience would have been “very frightening”.

Council bosses have boosted training for recycling staff as a result, to prevent the situation being repeated.

Councillor Chris Lamb, the authority’s environment spokesman, said: “Waste and recycling is recognised as a high-risk industry in terms of health and safety.

“We constantly monitor our own health and safety practices to ensure we’re protecting our staff and residents to minimise incidents.

“There was an incident in January where a member of staff was lifted off the ground by the wheelie bin hoist at the rear of the vehicle. The member of staff was not seriously injured, albeit the incident would have been very frightening.

“As a result of the incident investigation, staff are now receiving more and updated training to ensure that they all work safely at all times.

“No recent changes have been made to our working practices in relation to the collection of blue bin side waste,” he said.

It is not known where the accident happened, but was reported on social media after some residents complained waste collection staff were refusing to take extra cardboard left alongside bins at the kerbside.

They reported collection crews being “apologetic” but declining to take waste not in bins because of an accident where a colleague had been dragged into the back of a wagon while putting in cardboard.

That appears to be an exaggeration of the facts and the council insist additional cardboard will still be collected, provided it is contained in a box which itself would fit inside the bin.

Additional cardboard collections were introduced as a convenience to residents during the coronavirus pandemic, which affected collections in the early months until new routines were established.

Around three years ago the council stopped collecting waste from rural locations which involved bin lorries travelling on private roads after a crash where a lorry toppled onto its side. They installed concrete pads and large communal bins at the nearest point on adopted roads for those residents to use instead.