West Vancouver police say a 34-year-old Vancouver man is dead stuck in a garbage bin in the Embleside area.
The doctor on duty was the first to encounter the victim on 13th Street near the old police station, at about 8:30 am on Sunday. The doctor tried to pull the man, but could not.
“He saw that the unresponsive man was stuck halfway in the opening of the trash can for clothes. Fire and advanced life support EHS were present and unable to reanimate (man), ”said Konst. Jeff Palmer, West Vancouver police spokesman. “It's terribly tragic, but it seems random. Nothing suspicious and no signs of cheating.
Investigators do not know how long the victim was stuck before they were discovered, Palmer said. The cart has since been deleted.
Now it's up to the Coroners BC to determine the exact cause of death. The name of the victim was not released.
According to the coroner, this is the fifth time since 2015, when a person died, stuck in a donation box.
The gospel mission of the Union of Vancouver now calls for the removal of garbage cans from the streets until they are safe.
“It is absolutely painful to know that in one of these urns another life was lost. As a community, we are all responsible for protecting our most vulnerable segments of the population, including those who struggle with homelessness and obviously this does not happen, ”said Nicole Mucci, press secretary of the Union Gospel Mission. “Now we know that something more is about to happen. These garbage cans should be decommissioned until they are designed to save lives, not to retrieve them. ”
Mucci added that people only turn to donation baskets because of despair over shelter or warmth.
“It is often supplanted because of the need for something to support life. Seeing the death of people as a result of this is simply destructive, ”she said.
In 2018, UBC professor Okanagan design engineer Ray Taheri ordered his first-year students to develop design concepts for safer donation boxes after a series of high-profile deaths.
Taheri said that deaths are an example of what happens when engineers do not take into account the unintended consequences of their development.
“Generally speaking, it was an erroneous project from the very beginning. In the end, they have to do something more fundamental with that, ”he said. “It happened before, and, unfortunately, it was worth someone’s life, and it’s very sad.”
Taheri said that next year he would appoint his fourth-year students to create a working prototype based on the concepts that his students developed this year.
“There were a lot of innovative mechanisms that students developed,” he said.
The bunker is owned by Inclusion BC, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities.
“Inclusion BC very saddened to hear about the death of a man in one of his garbage cans for donations of clothing located in West Vancouver. We express our deepest condolences to those who suffered as a result of this tragic incident, ”said Inclusion BC executive director Carla Vershoir in a statement.
“Safety is a top priority for Inclusion BC and our member organizations that participate in the clothing collection program. In the fall of 2018, we turned to the UBC engineering department in Vancouver to work with our Canadian trash container manufacturer to design a trash can that would prevent people from entering them. Students have developed security modifications that are at the prototype stage. ”
In a statement, the West Vancouver area recognized the loss, but did not say whether other bins would be removed.
“The district is saddened by this loss and wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family. We are waiting for the results of the coroner's investigation and will cooperate with any recommendations arising from the investigation, ”the statement said.