Woman dies after getting trapped in Toronto clothing donation bin

Toronto police say a woman died after she was found trapped inside of this clothing donation box early Tuesday morning

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.

Emergency crews were rushed to the scene and found the woman stuck half inside the box upon their arrival.

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

B'nai Brith, operator of the bin involved in Tuesday's deadly incident, did not indicate whether it plans to revamp donation boxes but described the woman's death as "terrible and tragic".

Vancouver Fire Rescue's Jonathan Gormick explains how the bin's design can be inescapable.

City manager Lambert Chu said the city has sent letters to all the charitable organizations with bins on private property, asking they be removed until better safety measures are in place.

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At least seven Canadians have died after getting trapped in bins since 2015, leading some to nickname the boxes "death traps", the Canadian Press reported last week.

"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".

Five of those incidents occurred in British Columbia with the latest death just over a week ago in West Vancouver.

Back in November 2018, a 32-year-old man was discovered in a similar position in Cambridge, Ontario.

The city has also asked that additional safety signs be posted, cautioning people when they put clothing into the bins.

"We will continue to work with our bin manufacturer, municipal authorities, design experts and community partners to formalize and promote the adoption of industry-wide safety standards to keep our communities safe", stated the press release. "They try to crawl in, but the further they go they get more stuck", he told CTVNews.ca during a telephone interview from Kelowna, B.C. on Tuesday.

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