Donation bin deaths: How to prevent more tragedies

Larry Hoffman
January 11, 2019

For instance, increasing welfare cheques during the winter months to help people buy warm clothes would prevent them from reaching into donation bins out of desperation, she said.

Toronto police were called to Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road just before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Paramedics performed CPR after the woman was discovered unconscious but she was pronounced dead at the scene. She said the matter is not considered suspicious and no criminal investigation is underway.

Five people in the province have died due to donation-bin injuries in the past four years.

Her death comes on the heels of a similar incident in British Columbia in which a 34-year-old man got stuck in the opening of a bin in West Vancouver.

"To advised them of the city's concern about the safety of the bins and asked them to undertake a review and take appropriate measures, including removing the bins from private property, as required", he explains.

Many of the Canadian bins killing people have retained the same design for decades without incident.

"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. They said they're investigating it as "a death by misadventure".

The death of a 34-year-old man found lodged in a clothing donation box in West Vancouver on December 30 has resulted in the removal of donation boxes across British Columbia.

Despite living a tough life, Chantal Mattix said, Chrystal, who was in her mid-30s, "was a very bubbly person".

The safety of the boxes, which are created to make it hard for people to access the inside. Being held upside down for long periods can also be fatal in itself; the victim can asphyxiate from the pressure of their organs weighing down on their lungs, or they can suffer a stroke as blood pools in their head. The company has been advising charities to remove those bars until safer designs can be implemented.

Authorities had to cut part of the bin in order to get the woman out, Global News reported.

Instead, the engineering instructor said he believes retrofitting the individual bins would be a less expensive and sustainable option before a safer, standardized design can be developed in the future.

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