Man crushed to death by telescopic urinal while he worked
A man who became trapped underneath a urinal in central London this afternoon has died.
Police said that the workman was operating on a “telescopic Urinal” at Cambridge Circus. He was outside the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, last afternoon, Jan. 27, when it happened that he sustained “crush injuries”.
Efforts to rescue him from the structure went on for more than an hour and a half. Sadly, he didn’t survive.
This model of the hydraulic urinal, designed to stop public urination, is stored beneath the pavement during the day and lifted up to street level for people visiting at night.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Twitter: “We’re sorry to have to update that, despite the efforts of emergency services, the man who was critically injured in Cambridge Circus was pronounced dead at the scene.
“His next of kin have been informed. Cordons remain in place at the location.”