The family of the New Zealand teacher crushed to death in a British rubbish compactor after falling asleep in a communal wheelie bin have called for new safety measures to prevent further tragedies.

Teacher Scott Williams, 35, climbed into the industrial-sized container after a night out drinking with friends.

His body was found in a crusher in the coastal city of Brighton after the bin was emptied the next morning.

Mr Williams' brother Tony told the Mirror newspaper in London: "Something needs to be done about these types of bins. There have already been two (other) cases involving homeless people.

"I would like councils to introduce new safety measures to stop people being killed."

Tony Williams, 37, and the brothers' mother Marion, of Hamilton, had suspected foul play was involved in the death of the popular maths and PE teacher.

But the family now accept it was a tragic accident.

Mr Williams started his teaching career at Pakuranga College, Auckland.

- NZPA