Homeless man was crushed to death after sleeping in bin
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
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A homeless man was crushed to death after a Smethwick bin he was sleeping in was collected and taken to a recycling plant, an inquest heard.
Ranjit Singh's body appeared within a pile of rubbish that was being sorted by workers at Biffa Recycling in Tipton last September.
Mark Bradshaw, supervisor on the sorting conveyor belt that the 48-year-old was found, said that he closed the line down and called emergency services.
Dc Aki Heer, of West Midlands Police, said: “A post mortem found he had sustained catastrophic crushing injuries including a broken spine and shattered pelvis and that the injuries were consistent with the large claw machinery found at recycling sites.”
The police later discovered that Mr Singh was last seen the night before his death on 7 September on Smethwich High Street.
The inquest at Smethwick Coroners Court heard that Mr Singh was known in the area and often slept in bins behind shops.
The post mortem revealed he had twice the legal drink drive limit of alcohol in his blood.
The jury found that Mr Singh’s death was an accident, caused by multiple injuries after being crushed by machinery.