West Vancouver police say a 34-year-old Vancouver man is killed after being trapped in a clothing donor container in the Ambleside area.
An out-of-service doctor was the first person to meet the victim on street 13, next to the old police station, at 8:30 a.m. on sunday The doctor tried to get rid of the man, but he could not.
"He saw that an unresponsive man was hooked on the opening of a clothing donut container. Fire support and advanced life EHS attended and could not resurrect (the man), "said Const. Jeff Palmer, spokesman for the West Vancouver police. "It's terribly tragic, but it seems accidental. Nothing at all suspicious and without notice of foul play."
Researchers do not know how much time they were trapped before it was discovered, Palmer said. The container has been removed.
Now it corresponds to the BC Coroners Service to determine the exact cause of death. The victim's name is not published.
This is the fifth time since 2015 that a person has died trapped in a donation box, according to the author.
The Mission of the Vancouver Gospel now asks for donation containers to be expelled from the streets until they can be saved.
"It is absolutely rude to know that another life has been lost in one of these containers. As a community, we all have the responsibility to protect our most vulnerable population, including those who suffer from the lack of # 39 Housing, and clearly this does not happen, "said Nicole Mucci, spokesman for the mission of the Gospel Union. "We now know that we need to spend a bit bigger. These containers must be left out of service until they are designed to save lives, not to take" #.
People just become rubbish donation containers for refuge or warmth, adds Mucci.
"It is often expelled from the need for something to sustain life. To see a loss of life resulting from this, it's just devastating," he said.
In 2018, UBC Okanagan professor of engineering, Ray Taheri, directed his first year students to work design concepts for safer containers after a series of dead highs profile
Taheri said the dead are an example of what happens when engineers do not consider the unwanted consequences of their designs.
"In general terms, it was a defective design from the beginning. Finally, they have to do something more fundamental about these," he said. "It has happened before and unfortunately it cost the life of someone and it is very sad."
Taheri said that next year his fourth year students will be assigned to present a work prototype based on the concepts that his students produced this year.
"There were many innovative mechanisms that students gave," he said.
The tray belongs to Inclusion BC, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities.
"Inclusion BC is very sad to learn from the death of an individual in one of his clothing donation bins located in West Vancouver. Our deepest condolences come to those affected by this tragic incident," said the statement of Executive Director of Inclusion BC, Karla Verschooor.
"Safety is one of the priorities for Inclusion BC and our member organizations that participate in the clothing collection program. In the fall of 2018, we approached the Department of Engineering of Vancouver of the UBC to work With our Canadian-based container manufacturer to design a container that prevents people from entering. Students have designed security modifications that are in the prototype phase. "
In a statement, the West Vancouver District acknowledged the loss but did not say if other containers would be withdrawn.
"The district is sad for this loss and wishes to extract the deepest condolences to the family. We await the results of the research of the author and we will cooperate with any recommendation derived from the investigation," says the statement.