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Two painters found dead in elevator

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Police in Saitama said Monday that two painters were found dead inside an elevator. Police believe the two lost consciousness and died after after inhaling a toxic substance, Fuji TV reported.

According to police, the two workers -- Koji Suzuki, 46, and Kazuhiro Takeuchi, 46 -- were found lying in the elevator of an office building in Omiya Ward, Saitama, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe that a chemical exfoliant might have caused a noxious fume that quickly rendered the two men unconscious after the elevator door closed. The men had begun work at around 8:30 a.m. to peel old paint off the elevator walls.

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peel old paint off the elevator walls.

So using paint stripper in an enclosed space? Sad story, but possibly a case for a Darwin award...

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Sounds like the stuff my builders told me wasn't available here. Lucky us?

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Rest in Peace - a couple of hard-working guys, just doing their job. The only consolation is that - hopefully - the fumes would have knocked them out quickly and they didn't have a painful death.

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@Gob: What a nice sentiment you relay on the thread concerning the death of two men. My condolences to these people's families and friends.

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I once worked part time painting interiors of apartment buildings, and I nearly passed out from the fumes.

Rest in peace, painters.

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seems like daily casuals sent to do a job they know nothing of

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Lesson for today kids, read the information on the can...

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Have the police put together "painters," "inhaling a toxic substance," "chemical substance," and "probable exfoliant" yet?

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I wonder what their employer is going to say about this rudimentary tragedy?

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