Canadian woman dies after getting stuck in clothing donation bin

  • 09/01/2019
Canadian woman dies after getting stuck in clothing donation bin
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A Canadian woman has died after she was found unconscious and trapped inside a clothing donation bin in Toronto.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene on Tuesday and cut the metal supports on the bins hatch to free her, but they were too late.

The woman, aged in her 30s was declared dead at the scene, reports CBC.

Although it remains unclear how she got in to the bin, police believe her death to be accidental.

According to The Canadian Press, seven Canadians have died this way since 2015. The woman's death follows one the previous week, where a man in West Vancouver was trapped in a similar way.

The incident has sparked a city-wide call for the bins to be removed, and their design to be changed.

Professor Ray Taheri spoke to CBC following the death of the West Vancouver man, saying that the bins are poorly thought out

"Unfortunately, in the initial stage of design, they never considered 'What if someone got inside?" Prof Taheri said. "It becomes a human trap".

The nearby city of Burnaby, east of Vancouver has asked that all non-profit organisations remove their bins, if they are located on private property.

One manufacturer said it has stopped producing the bins while it develops safer designs.

The manager of the company, Brandon Argo told The Province that "we're kind of saying to our charities, 'you're going to have to deal with the theft because public safety is number one'".