Poverty, not donation bins, cause death, say advocates as death toll mounts

Poverty, not donation bins, cause death, say advocates as death toll mounts

Poverty, not donation bins, cause death, say advocates as death toll mounts

Toronto police say a woman has died after becoming trapped inside a clothing donation bin.

Local authorities were called around 1:30 am to the Dovercourt Road and Bloor Street area after receiving reports that a woman was inside a clothing donation bin.

The rash of deaths has prompted the municipality of West Vancouver to seal clothing bins and investigate safer options for accepting donations.

One manufacturer of the bins used in Canada said it has stopped producing the metal containers, which were involved in at least two recent deaths, while it develops safer designs.

Police have since said that the woman's death is not being considered as "suspicious" and the incident has been ruled as death my misadventure.

The safety of the boxes, which are created to make it hard for people to access the inside.

"Shut them all down and get a designer and redesign these things".

"It's far more hazardous than it may seem on the surface", Jonathan Gormick, a spokesman with Vancouver Fire Rescue, told CBC in mid-2018.

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

It has since been removed along with a similar donation bin near a neighbouring building.

For people who manage to get completely inside of the bins, Taheri suggested an automatic unlocking mechanism that would only open from the inside and allow the trapped person to exit.

Two similar incidents were reported in Vancouver past year.

Toronto Police Const. Genifferjit Sidhu said that deaths such as these can be horrific.

The woman, identified only as Crystal, was dead by the time firefighters were able to cut her from the League For Human Rights drop box.

"Part of you gets stuck in there, say it be your neck or a fragile part of you", she said. Once again, the man was found lodged in the charity donation bin and was pronounced dead at the scene. Inclusion B.C.is removing all 146 of its B.C. bins, despite the expected revenue and job losses.

In July 2017, after a man in his mid-20s died in a Calgary donation bin, a representative with the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta told Global News that they had noticed a rise in bin thefts.

That's why one engineer has formed an emergency taskforce at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus with the aim of retrofitting the existing donation bins to make them safer.

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