Two painters found dead in elevator


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

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

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