Vancouver West police said a 34-year-old Vancouver man was killed after being trapped in a clothing donation site in the Ambleside area.
An off-duty doctor was the first person to find a victim on 13th Street next to the old police station, around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. The doctor tried to pull the man but was unsuccessful.
"He saw an unresponsive man trapped in the middle of a street in a clothing donation place. "The fire and further life support of the EHS are present and cannot awaken (men)," Const said. Jeff Palmer, spokesman for the West Vancouver police. "This is very tragic but it seems unintentional. There is nothing suspicious and there is no indication of fraud. "
The investigator did not know how long the victim had been trapped before he was found, Palmer said. The trash has been removed.
Now fall into the BC Coroners Service to determine the exact cause of death. The victim's name was not released.
This is the fifth time since 2015 that someone who died was arrested on a donation barrel, according to the coronary.
The Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver now calls on places of donation to be withdrawn from the streets until they can be saved.
"It's really desperate to find out that another life has been lost in one of these rubbish bins. As a community, we all have a responsibility to protect our most vulnerable populations, including those who struggle with homelessness and clearly that doesn't happen, "said Nicole Mucci, spokesman for the Mission Mission. "We now know something bigger needs to happen. These bins need to be taken from service until they are designed to save lives, not take them. "
People just switch to clothing donations because they are desperate to take refuge or warm themselves up, Mucci added.
"Often driven by the need for something for them to sustain life. Seeing the loss of life generated from this is only devastating, "he said.
In 2018, Okanagan UBC engineering professor Ray Taheri led his first year students to work on the concept of design for safer donations after a number of famous deaths.
Taheri said death is an example of what happens when engineers fail to consider the unintended consequences of their designs.
"In general, it was a wrong design from the start. Finally they have to do something more fundamental about it, "he said. "It happened before and unfortunately it sacrificed someone's life and was very sad."
Taheri said that in the coming year he will assign his fourth year students to make work prototypes based on the concepts produced by his students this year.
"There are a number of innovative mechanisms produced by students," he said.
The trash can belongs to Inclusion BC, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities.
"BC inclusion was very sad to learn of someone's death on one of his donated clothing trays located in West Vancouver. We express our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragic incident, "read the statement from BC Inclusion executive director Karla Verschooor.
"Safety is a top priority for BC Inclusion and our member organizations participate in clothing collection programs. In the fall of 2018, we approached the UBC Vancouver Engineering department to work with our Canadian-based bin factory to design a trash can that would prevent people from entering them. Students have designed safety modifications that are in the prototype phase. "
In a statement, the Vancouver West District acknowledged the loss but did not say whether other garbage cans would be moved.
"The district is saddened by this loss and wants to convey its deepest condolences to the family. "We are waiting for the results of the coronary investigation and will work together with the recommendations that arise from the investigation," read the statement.