Coroner calls for more checks after skip death tragedy

Christopher Ogden
Christopher Ogden

A coroner concluded 23-year-old Chris Ogden, of Halifax, died after climbing into a skip for shelter after a night out.

Assistant Coroner for West Yorkshire Dominic Bell said Mr Ogden had “the intention of seeking shelter and a place to sleep.”

Dr Bell ruled a verdict of accidental death and said he would be consulting officials over regulations to prevent a similar tragedy.

“I will be asking them to consider the feasibility of minimum checks, particularly within bins and skips which are accessible,” he said.

He told the Bradford inquest he was satisfied Mr Ogden had died from traumatic asphyxiation after his chest was crushed by a bin lorry.

Mr Ogden’s body was found at a Leeds recycling plant.

He had been on a night out in Huddersfield in January last year and climbed into the skip an hour before a bin lorry arrived to collect and empty it.

The coroner accepted he would not have been visible to workers who glanced inside to check the refuse was in the correct skip.