A man came within seconds of being crushed to death in a compactor truck after falling asleep in a cardboard recycling cage outside a central Hamilton bar.
Hamilton Fire Service senior station officer Steve McSweeney said a recycling truck driver had picked up and emptied the cage into his truck outside Good George Brewery on Somerset St this morning.
The driver was about to compact the load when he heard banging coming from inside his truck.
It is understood the man, who works multiple jobs, decided to have a nap in the recycling cage, covering himself up with cardboard to keep warm.
A source said he did not wake up until he was almost at arm’s length of the blade inside the truck.
Mr McSweeney said they were called to help rescue the 25-year-old man about 5am today.
“We got there and just a bit down the alleyway we saw a bloke that was in the recycling truck.”