Woman dies after getting trapped in clothing donation bin

Posted January 11, 2019

The openings of the bins are created to close after the donation has been placed inside the bin, but they can be deadly if someone positions themselves part way in the opening to reach in and grab clothes and the mechanism traps them.

Following the man's death, the District of West Vancouver announced that it had closed donation bins and is "looking into options for removing them or using bins that are more secure".

Redesigning the bins is a "tangential" solution at best, she said.

Paramedics performed CPR but she was pronounced dead at the scene, Toronto EMS said. She said something must be done about the bins' safety risk.

The bins are used to ensure clothing donations won't get stolen, but at least seven Canadians have died after getting stuck inside the metal containers. We all really got along. She was dropping off clothes.

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In addition to developing prototypes in-house, he said the company has teamed up with a professor at the University of British Columbia who has tasked fourth-year engineering students with developing designs for boxes that are both safe and theft-proof.

Taheri said they also need to take into account the colossal expense of physically transporting them, storing them, and later returning them to their original locations.

Crews have reportedly been dispatched across the GTA today to cut the metal bars on behalf of the manufacturer.

In B.C., the municipality of West Vancouver and the non-profit organization Inclusion BC have planned to shut down donation bins while they seek a safer alternative.

The box has since been removed by the owner, who is legally required to do so since it had been tampered with.

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"I think it is extremely important - in light of what's happened now - that we should examine the safety implications of these boxes", he said.

The Toronto woman's death isn't the first of its kind in Canada.

"They are set up in a way to make it hard for people to have access to the inside of the box but obviously (they are) not safe enough".

"I think the precedent that has been established in Vancouver and elsewhere will help us to get to get to a conclusion on this fairly rapidly". "Obviously, there's a objective for them in society", he said.

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