Woman Dies After Becoming Trapped In Clothing Donation Bin

Woman Dies After Becoming Trapped In Clothing Donation Bin

Woman Dies After Becoming Trapped In Clothing Donation Bin

The woman had become trapped and her body was found partially inside the charity box by first responders.

Reports from the CBC suggest that the woman, identified only as Chrystal, was a rough sleeper with a history of health and addiction problems who was likely trying to find warm clothes from inside the bin. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vancouver did this following the summer 2018 death of a woman in a donation bin and Richmond confirmed in an emailed statement Tuesday it is now doing the same.

"Unfortunately, in the initial stage of [donation bin] design, they never considered, 'What if someone got inside?,' Professor Ray Taheri told CBC following the death of the West Vancouver man".

At least seven people have died in Canadian donation bins since 2015.

The safety of the boxes, which are created to make it hard for people to access the inside. Many of people who volunteered to design a retrofit solution are students and they deserve to be paid, he explained.

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.

Many of the Canadian bins killing people have retained the same design for decades without incident.

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Following news of the woman's death, Toronto Mayor John Tory called on city officials to review whether the donation boxes are safe.

Sidhu said the identity of the latest victim in Toronto has not yet been released.

"Part of you gets stuck in there, say it be your neck or a fragile part of you", she said.

Jeremy Hunka of the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing or shelter without being aware of how unsafe they can be.

Two similar incidents were reported in Vancouver past year.

A Global News camera operator spotted someone climbing into a donation bin on Kensington Avenue just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The representative said the company is working on a video that demonstrates how to cut the metal bars on the bin that cause the doors to pinch. "Obviously, there's a objective for them in society", he said.

Homeless and anti-poverty activists have called on engineers to redesign the bins so they no longer pose a safety risk.

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