People sleeping in bins could go undetected

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People sleeping in bins could go undetected by up to two thirds of organisations, a report has found.

A report issued by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) has claimed that only 41 of the 176 organisations they surveyed carried out checks to ensure people were not sleeping rough in bins before they were emptied.

Those surveyed included waste management companies, local authorities, law firms, consultancies and universities.

3 deaths occurred in bins in 2012/13 and the Health and Safety Executive also investigated 3 fatalities in 2009/10.

Of the CIWM survey respondents, 28 reported that they had found people inside bins during the past 12 months.

The study found that 58% of those found sheltering in bins were homeless, with 88% of cases occurring in urban areas.

The HSE recommends that bins should be checked before they are emptied into front-end loaders and that the possibility of people sleeping in bins should be included in risk assessments.

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