Woman dies after being pinned in clothing donation box

A woman was found unconscious in a clothing donation bin at Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road on Jan. 8 2019. CITYNEWS

A woman was found unconscious in a clothing donation bin at Bloor Street and Dovercourt Road on Jan. 8 2019. CITYNEWS

"We're all just devastated".

Taheri explained that people use force to push off from the ground to crawl inside of the bin's opening, but as they go deeper inside, it becomes more hard for them to get back out because they have nothing to hold onto while trying to push themselves back out.

Two other women who knew Chrystal said she had battled medical and addiction problems but was working to get better.

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

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

Maria Ventura also remembered Chrystal as a friendly face around Sistering, who was often eager to share a hug.

Emergency crews received a call early Tuesday at about 1:30 a.m. ET regarding a woman being stuck inside a clothing donation bin in the parking lot of an apartment building in Toronto, police said. Authorities cut open the metal box to get the woman out and paramedics administered CPR, but later pronounced her dead at the scene, Global News reported.

It remains unclear how she became trapped in the bin, but police believe the incident was unintentional.

The location of the boxes.

'They're set up in a way to make it hard to have access to the box, to the inside of the box, but obviously not safe enough'.

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

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He expects the review won't take long, but did not indicate a specific timeline for completion and recommendations to be acted upon.

While those bars do not exist on all styles of donation box, Agro said the company is focused on improving safety in all styles it produces. "We are in direct communication with police on this matter".

British Columbia has seen five people die over the last four years after being trapped in donation bins.

On New Year's Eve, a 34-year-old man was discovered lodged in a clothing bin in West Vancouver by an off-duty doctor.

"If people try to climb in our staff will stop them". But they can also trap someone leaning in too far.

Mayor of Toronto John Tory said the city is now investigating the safety of the donation bins.

Vancouver Fire Rescue spokesperson Jonathan Gormick.

She said something must be done about the bins' safety risk. "Obviously, there's a goal for them in society", he said.

"They get stuck there".

Following the man's death, West Vancouver closed all of its bins.

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