Woman dies after being found unconscious in clothing donation bin

Woman dies after being found unconscious in clothing donation bin

There have also been deaths from donation bins in Alberta and Ontario in the last two years.

The woman had become trapped and her body was found partially inside the charity box by first responders.

Some vulnerable and homeless people try and take clothes from the bins as temperatures plummet below freezing, while others have reportedly tried to seek shelter inside them.

Paramedics performed CPR after the woman was discovered unconscious but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the woman appears to have died after a medical episode, so the exact cause of death is not yet known.

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On Dec. 30th, a 34-year-old Vancouver man was found dead after becoming stuck in the opening of an Inclusion BC bin in West Vancouver.

Canadian Press reported at the time that at least seven people had died in such bins in Canada since 2015.

"Although death or injury related to the misuse of clothing donation bins is not common, we feel that if there is an opportunity to prevent this type of tragic incident, we must make every effort to find a solution", the company said in a statement.

Ray Taheri, who teaches Engineering at the University of British Columbia, told CBC: "Unfortunately, in the initial stage of design, they never considered, 'What if someone got inside?'"

The hatches on the bins are created to keep thieves out, but they can also trap people climbing inside.

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