Canadian woman dies after being trapped in donation bin • Good Non profit


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Raul Pacheco-Vega


Many people died around the world after being stuck in charity bins, like those pictured here.

A Canadian woman was found dead after being partially trapped in a clothing donation box in Toronto.

The death, which the police consider unintentional, follows a series of similar fatalities.

Several non-profit organizations have withdrawn their bins and some have called for a new or safer way to donate.

Garbage cans have teeth to prevent theft, but people can easily get caught.

Last week, the Canadian Press announced that seven Canadians have died in donation bins since 2015.

The report follows the death of a 34-year-old man in West Vancouver in December.

After the death of the Toronto woman on Tuesday morning, the city announced that she would investigate the safety of the bins and the best way to accept donations.

The identity of the woman has not been made public.

A number of cities and non-profit organizations have requested that bins be removed.

"Close it all", Loretta Sundstrom, whose 45-year-old daughter passed away in 2015 after being stuck in a garbage bin, told CBC last week.

"Shut them all up and get a designer and remodel those things."

In 2017, a 56-year-old woman from Pennsylvania died in similar circumstances. Her arm squeezed into the trash when a stool she sat on gave way under her. She was putting on clothes.

Others found themselves stuck trying to take clothes in the trash. Sometimes, homeless people can also try to find shelter in the trash.

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

At the University of Vancouver, near the place where the man was killed, last December, an engineering professor asks his students to try to develop a prototype .

"Unfortunately, at the initial stage of [donation bin] design, they never envisioned, "and if anyone has a inside?" Professor Ray Taheri told the CBC.

"It becomes a human trap."