Rogue wheelie bins - hundreds had been hurt before Jason Gunn

Another one bites the dust. Victim of a wheelie bin, Jason Gunn.
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Another one bites the dust. Victim of a wheelie bin, Jason Gunn.

Poor Jason Gunn - the radio host should have known better than to stand on a wheelie bin.

First of all, the large plastic bins are big enough to swallow a person whole, and secondly - it's on wheels. It doesn't make for a very stable relationship. One slip, and crack - two fractured vertebrae and a selfie from the hospital bed.

But he's not the first person to suffer injury by wheelie bin; ACC claims reveal 770 people had wheelie bin-related accidents last year.

Figures were up from 2014 when 735 of us were injured. In the past three years, wheelie bin injuries have cost almost $2 million in claims.

Top ACC injury diagnoses from wheelie bins: soft tissue injury (sprain, strain, contusion), laceration, puncture, sting, ...

Top ACC injury diagnoses from wheelie bins: soft tissue injury (sprain, strain, contusion), laceration, puncture, sting, fracture or dislocation.

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Accident descriptions vary: "tripped over pulling wheelie bin, grazed lower legs", "bringing in wheelie bin and strong wind blew it into leg", "caught arm in lid of wheelie bin", "climbing out of a wheelie bin and twisted awkwardly" and "moving wheelie bin and dropped it on toe".

ACC spokesperson Stephanie Melville recommends warming up before wheelie bin engagement, and using correct techniques "like not standing in it". 

These hollow, heartless trash bins have a history of causing humans trouble. Here are but a few examples...

Spot the bin! This stunt had security in a flap.
John Bisset/ The Timaru Herald

Spot the bin! This stunt had security in a flap.

WHEELIE BIN CLIMBS TOWER

Forget road cones (amateurs!) - one renegade bin made it to the top of Timaru's lighting tower at the railway yard. A dangerous and potentially damaging feat.

Security fences and a locked gate couldn't stop it, neither could the locked-up ladder. One can only marvel at its Spider-Man powers.

BIN DISTRACTION CAUSES TRUCK CRASH

A driverless rubbish truck rolled 400 metres down an Auckland street before smashing into a historic building in Mt Eden.

One minute the driver of this truck was delivering a wheelie bin. Nek minnut.
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One minute the driver of this truck was delivering a wheelie bin. Nek minnut.

Why? The driver said he'd been distracted by a wheelie bin that he had to deliver. Whoops.

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WHEELIE BIN CAUGHT IN JEWEL HEIST

They're not just used for rubbish, but handy in stealing jewellery.

Police have video footage of a blue wheelie bin, and thieving accomplices, getting away with jewellery in a robbery.
Screen grab from BBC via Met Police

Police have video footage of a blue wheelie bin, and thieving accomplices, getting away with jewellery in a robbery.

A group of thieves pulled off an audacious jewellery heist in central London by making off with the loot in wheelie bins. That's one expensive container, worth an estimated estimated £60 million.

WILD WEATHER, BIN LASHES OUT

A chilling sound woke a Wellington woman during a cold winter's night.

Wellington City Council had warned residents not to put their bins out to avoid this situation.
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Wellington City Council had warned residents not to put their bins out to avoid this situation.

Crash! "It sounded like bottles were flying everywhere." Her wheelie bin had revelled in the rough winds - splaying glasses and rubbish in all directions.

Wayward bins caused complaints by many residents that morning, and council trucks spent hours having to clean up.

BINS KICK UP A STINK

They stanky and they don't care - bins paraded their foul odour on Christchurch kerbs for a full day. 

Wheelie bins got a wee bit stinky after sitting out in Christchurch for a full day.

Wheelie bins got a wee bit stinky after sitting out in Christchurch for a full day.

Residents were surprised to find them still full when they went to bring them off the street.

Bins hung out on the streets for 24 hours, while rubbish collectors argued over pay.

BIN SMASHES THROUGH WINDOW

A wheelie bin was an accomplice to assault on a house window.

After a "difference in opinion", it was hauled through the glass, and the hauler was slapped with a $380 reparation bill in the Hawera District Court.

The bin got off scot-free.

BINS ON LOCKDOWN

It seems there's no other way to keep these bins in line.

Wellington City Council had to keep the flappable culprits in chains during a storm, and warned citizens to lock them away garages or sheltered areas to keep them from straying.

SO... when in doubt lock them up. And for goodness sakes, don't stand on them!

 - Stuff

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