WorkSafe will not investigate how a man was nearly crushed to death in a recycling truck, but says recycling companies should take note of the close call.
The Fire Service was called at about 5am today to Somerset St in Hamilton by a recycling truck driver who had heard noises coming from the back.
The service said a man fell asleep in the rubbish skip, and came close to being crushed.
Waikato Area Commander Roy Breeze said fire officers had to lower a ladder into the truck so the man could climb out.
He said he was unhurt - but very lucky.
"We believe he was in the cage and that was picked up the truck, obviously emptied into the truck and he was fairly lucky in that they usually compact what they pick up from the cages, so obviously he was in a chance of being in a lot of danger."
Mr Breeze said he did not know why the man was in the rubbish skip.
WorkSafe said the near-miss was a good chance for recycling companies to review how they prevent people climbing into bins, and a reminder for drivers to check dumpsters before loading them up.
It also said recycling bins were not good places to sleep.