A man was crushed to death by a retractable urinal in London

A police tent is erected at Cambridge Circus (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) (Jonathan Brady/)

A retractable urinal crushed a man until killing him on Friday in London’s theater district, police said.

Firefighters used a winch to free the man after he became trapped under a hydraulic urinal in Cambridge Circusa busy intersection in the West End of the city, while he was working on it.

Rescue teams deployed 25 firefighters, four fire trucks, an air ambulance and a crane in hopes of being able to lift the device off the ground. After almost two and a half hours they managed to free him but, despite his best efforts, the man, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

The family of the victim, who is believed to have been repairing the toilet, has been informed. UriLift.

Scotland Yard tweeted: “We are sorry to have to update that despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the man who was seriously injured at Cambridge Circus has been pronounced dead at the scene. His relatives have been informed. Laces stay in place in place.”

Metropolitan Police said the man is believed to have “sustained crush injuries while working on a retractable urinal”. The force said that “despite the efforts of the emergency services”, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A retractable urinal in Sweden (Wikicommons)

His identity was not revealed.

retractable urinals They are scattered throughout the entertainment districts of Londonstored underground during the day and elevated at night.

According to The Telegraphtelescopic or retractable urinals were installed in central London more than two decades ago as a way to “dissuade late-night revelers from urinating in public.” They are designed to drop into the ground to resemble manhole covers during the day and to rise up at night.

Islington City Council installed London’s first UriLift near the Fabric nightclub after years of complaints from residents about drinkers urinating in the streets.

(With information from AP)

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