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3/10/12 Gardai are investigating an incident where a man fell into a bin lorry at the junction of Pearse Street and Grand Canal in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins

3/10/12 Gardai are investigating an incident where a man fell into a bin lorry at the junction of Pearse Street and Grand Canal in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins

3/10/12 Gardai are investigating an incident where a man fell into a bin lorry at the junction of Pearse Street and Grand Canal in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins

A BINMAN screamed for help as he fell into the back of a dustbin lorry and was crushed by the rubbish compactor, an inquest heard.

Jacek Ungeheuer (57), from Galtymore Park in Drimnagh, Dublin 12, died when he suffered traumatic crush injuries to his leg and pelvis in the incident at Grand Canal Dock just before midnight on October 3 last year.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard that Mr Ungeheuer, a Polish national who had been working as a refuse collector for OZO 24/7 Collect and Recycle for the previous six years, was coming to the end of his shift when the incident happened.

His co-worker in the two-man crew, Garret Byrne, said that they had completed up to 60 lifts successfully before arriving at an apartment block on Grand Canal Dock.

He went down to the basement to send six bins up in the service lift for Mr Ungeheuer to empty into the rubbish truck.

However, after the first lot of bins was sent and returned, Mr Byrne was waiting for the next lot when he heard screams coming from outside.

Hanging

Passerby Anthony Linehan told the court that he saw Mr Ungeheuer "struggling" with a bin which was facing upside down into the truck.

Mr Linehan said he remembered thinking if the bin fell, Mr Ungeheuer could be injured. He had walked about six feet beyond the truck when he heard a scream and someone shouting "I think he has fallen in." Mr

Ungeheuer was trapped in the rubbish compactor by his legs and was hanging down, facing out of the truck. Another passerby, Garret Farrell, ran to the truck when he heard Mr Ungeheuer scream for help and hit the emergency stop button.

Mr Ungeheuer was still conscious at this point and told Mr Farrell his name. He lost consciousness soon after and died minutes after arriving at St James's Hospital.

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) carried out an investigation and their experts found no defect in the truck.

HSA inspector Mark Madigan said it appeared that Mr Ungeheuer had climbed up on the back of the truck to rectify a problem with a bin and fell in.

The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure and recommended more than one employee be present during loading and emptying operation.

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