Clothing bin manufacturer halts production after Toronto death

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

Woman dies after getting trapped inside Toronto clothing donation bin

A woman in Canada has died after she was found Tuesday morning partially inside a clothing donation bin, Toronto police said.

Police were called around 1:30 the Bloor St. W. and Dovercourt Rd. area for reports of a woman screaming for help.

It is unclear how the woman, who is in her 30s, became trapped inside the bin.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The boxes have been called "death traps" after seven Canadians died after getting trapped in the bins since 2015, the Canadian Press reports.

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The incident is not considered to be suspicious, police said, but has been ruled a "death by misadventure".

"Shut them all down", she said.

"I think if we look at these broad questions, focusing now first and foremost on safety but then looking again at the whole question of whether this system still works and whether these boxes are properly located, it will give us a kind of thorough examination of this", he said.

The bins need to be removed within 24 hours or, if not logistically possible, they must be locked until they can be removed, according to city spokesperson Ted Townsend.

For people who manage to get completely inside of the bins, Taheri suggested an automatic unlocking mechanism that would only open from the inside and allow the trapped person to exit. The company has been advising charities to remove those bars until safer designs can be implemented.

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In the last four years, British Columbia has seen five people die after becoming stuck in the bins.

In a letter to the city's licensing committee, which was reviewing the donation bin bylaw, Tory asked the committee to include safety as part of that review and to speed up the process.

The disturbing trend of people dying after becoming trapped inside a clothing donation bin has claimed another victim.

At least one charity said it's actively working to retrofit its donation bins to address the problem.

Ray Taheri, an engineering professor at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, has been spearheading a design competition to make a safer clothing-donation bin.

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Diabetes Canada announced the move last week and said Tuesday that about 4,000 bins are being retrofitted or modified across the country, with the changes expected to be completed by January 18.

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