Woman Dies After Getting Stuck In Clothing Donation Bin

A woman was found unconscious in a clothing donation bin at Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road on Jan. 8 2019. CITYNEWS

A woman was found unconscious in a clothing donation bin at Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road on Jan. 8 2019. CITYNEWS

Last week, the District of West Vancouver said donation bins in the area would be temporarily closed following the December 30 death of a 34-year-old man who became trapped partially inside one, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Despite attempts to revive the woman, who was aged in her 30s, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mayor of Toronto John Tory said the city is now investigating the safety of the donation bins.

At an emergency meeting held last Thursday, Inclusion BC and its member agencies chose to remove 146 bins that are located in Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, the Interior and on Vancouver Island.

Police and paramedics were called to the area in Bloorcourt Village at around 6:30pm local time, finding the woman partially trapped in the charity donation box.

With files from the Canadian Press.

If it's not feasible for an organization to remove their bins within the time frame, Townsend says they're asked to put locks on the containers.

"We don't want to take them and destroy them".

The City of Burnaby is the latest municipality to take action when it comes to safety issues surrounding donation bins.

Police spoke to media following the incident, asserting they did not know how the woman came to be trapped in the bin, but ruled out any potential foul play.

It's taking a two-step approach after a man died in West Vancouver over the holidays.

Chu says letters have also been sent to companies with bins on private property.

The non-profit had been working with UBC mechanical engineering students and its Canadian manufacturer to make the bins safer. Once a person's motions are detected, he said the system would alert emergency crews.

As the majority of these incidents occur at night, Taheri said there is the possibility of installing a locking system that would engage after dark. "Thank you." The man then turned down an offer of assistance. Donators would have to use a lever to move the rotational top in order to place their bag in a small opening. "There should be a standard for these bins".

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