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Woman Dies After Becoming Trapped In Clothing Donation Bin

A woman is dead after she was found unconscious and partially trapped inside a clothing donation bin.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene in Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday, where rescuers cut the metal supports on the bin's hatch to free the woman.

Despite attempts to revive the woman, who was aged in her 30s, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

The woman is reportedly the eighth Canadian to die in a donation bin since 2015, and comes a little over a week after the death of a 34-year-old man in West Vancouver.

The bins are designed to close after donations are placed inside, so as to protect against theft.

But if a person leans too far in they risk becoming trapped in the mechanism.

"Unfortunately, in the initial stage of [donation bin] design, they never considered, 'What if someone got inside?,' Professor Ray Taheri told CBC following the death of the West Vancouver man.

"It becomes a human trap."

Children's Wish clothing donation bin on a street in Toronto. Image: Getty

Tuesday's incident has sparked wide calls for the removal of the bins and a re-think of their design.

Toronto Mayor John Tory put it to city officials to formally review whether the donation boxes are safe.

"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 told reporters.

Meanwhile, the city of Burnaby -- east of Vancouver -- has asked all not-for-profit companies in the city to remove their bins located on private property, the Vancouver Sun reports.

One manufacturer of the bins used in Canada said it has stopped producing the metal containers, which were involved in at least two recent deaths, while it develops safer designs.

“We’re kind of saying to our charities, ‘you’re going to have to deal with the theft because public safety is number one,” RangeView Fabricating manager Brandon Argo told The Province.

“If someone is going to go into your bin and take your product, that’s going to have to be how it is for now.”

Featured image: Tony Smyth Twitter

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