Bin and gone: Bungling refuse workers caught on camera CRUSHING a company’s bin inside their lorry
- Jamie Blakeman owns a live action role-playing game shop in Telford, Shropshire
- He was shocked to see refuse collectors crush his company bin inside their lorry
- Claims he was also sent a £10 invoice for the bin crushed by the bungling staff
- In response, Gaskell Waste Services claimed its ‘drivers are highly professional’
This is the moment two bungling refuse collectors crush a company’s bin inside their lorry.
Jamie Blakeman, who owns LARP Inn in Telford, Shropshire reviewed CCTV footage after a bin went missing from outside his shop last month.
To his surprise, he saw the bin crushed by refuse collectors after it fell into the back of their lorry.
And to add insult to injury, when he complained to the refuse firm responsible they sent him an invoice of £10 for the new bin.
Jamie Blakeman, who owns LARP Inn in Telford, Shropshire reviewed CCTV footage after a bin went missing from outside his shop in September
To his surprise, he saw the bin crushed by refuse collectors after it fell into the back of the their lorry
Mr Blakeman, whose shop caters for fans of live action role-playing games, posted footage of the bungling collectors on his shop Facebook page.
He wrote: ‘Our wheelie bin was missing this morning. I assigned a crack team of investigators to find out what happened to it.’
The footage shows two workmen move the bin to the rear of the bin lorry, ready for it to be emptied.
The bin is then hoisted into the air but slips out of its mountings and ends up inside the lorry.
The worker with his hand on the operating button makes an exasperated hand gesture, but its too late and the bin is crushed.
A number of people have commented on the footage, including Dean Sleight, who said: ‘Could of hit the emergency stop that’s what it’s there for.’
While Andy Folgate criticised the refuse collectors for not stopping the bin in time – and suggested a bar on the lorry could have stopped in falling in.
In the footage, the bin is hoisted into the air but slips out of its mountings and ends up inside the lorry
The worker with his hand on the operating button makes an exasperated hand gesture, but its too late and the bin is crushed
Others were more sympthatic to the refuse collectors, with one saying: ‘If the bin goes in the back they’re not aloud to go an retrieve it.
‘Its part of health an safety. If it can do that to bins imagine what it can do to bones.’
While Kev Lid said: ‘It does happen. I’ve worked on the bins. There’s nothing you can do really. If the bucket is automatic you do have to be quick.’
Speaking today, LARP Inn owner Mr Blakeman said: ‘We turned up for work and noticed the bin had disappeared. We decided to look at the CCTV and we all had a great laugh at it. It’s hilarious!’
Mr Blakeman’s contract is with Liverpool-based waste management firm Gaskells.
He added: ‘I complained to Gaskells about it, then a week later I got a new bin with the invoice attached to it.
‘It was only £10 but I decided to argue my case for not paying it.
‘We have been arguing about it then I mentioned that I had CCTV of what happened and then they decided to put it down as a dispute. I haven’t heard a word from them since.’
A spokeswoman for Gaskell Waste Services said: ‘Our drivers and crew are highly professional and when an incident like this occurs they follow company procedure as they did in this case.
‘They immediately made us aware and we spoke to the customer regarding the delivery of a replacement container.
‘Our system had incorrectly generated a replacement bin delivery charge invoice which wasn’t paid and was subsequently credited.’
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