Cleaner trapped in broken lift for two days drank her own urine to survive

A cleaner trapped in a broken lift for two days drank her own urine to survive.

The woman was taken to hospital after she was finally discovered in an adult education centre on Sunday – two days after she went missing.

The family of the member of staff, thought to be in her 50s, grew concerned when she did not contact them after vanishing on Friday afternoon.

The police discovered the employee had become stuck in a lift at the Margate Adult Education Centre in Hawley Square, Margate in Kent.

She was found on Sunday at around 12.42pm.

It is understood the woman sustained bruising after trying to escape the lift, before officers forced their way in.

A relative also claimed she was forced to drink her own urine in a bid to stop dehydration, according to Kent Live.

Kent Police said: "While carrying out inquiries, officers found the woman had become trapped in a lift in a building in Hawley Square in Margate.

"Officers were able to manually open the lift and free the woman, who was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

"The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been made aware."

A spokesman for HSE said the authority is "aware and making initial inquiries."

Kent County Council runs the building, but the company responsible for the cleaning and maintenance is Kier Facilities Management.

A KCCA spokesman said: “KCC received a report on Tuesday, May 7 concerning an incident at Margate Adult Education Centre over the previous weekend.

“Kier Facilities Management, which is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the building, reported that a member of its cleaning staff had been trapped in a lift.

“KCC and Kier have launched an immediate investigation into the events which is currently progressing; we are unable to comment further until the investigation is complete.

“We are assured that Kier is providing support to the individual for what must have been a stressful ordeal.

"The council will be working with Kier to ensure that the person concerned continues to be supported and any lessons are learnt from the incident.”

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