Next time you see an air compressor, remember this story.
On Sunday (Dec. 17) police in Saitama Prefecture arrested two men under suspicion of manslaughter after they allegedly caused the death of a male coworker by shooting compressed air up his backside.
According to police, at around noon on December 16 at an industrial waste treatment plant in the Saitama town of Sugi?o, two of the plant’s employees, a 47-year-old resident of the Saitama city of Kazo and a 36-year-old Peruvian national living in the Chiba city of Matsudo, held down one of their coworkers, a 44-year-old male named Yoshiyuki Koguchi. and then used an industrial strength air compressor to shoot air through the man’s pants and into his anus.
Following the incident Koguchi’s abdomen swelled and he began to complain of pain. Koguchi’s two coworkers took him to a nearby hospital, however, Koguchi died at 7:20 that evening.
The two suspects have explained that the three men were on a break from work at the time of the incident. Although initially they were using the air compressor to blow dirt and grime off of their work clothes, eventually they began using it to “play around.”
Both suspects have admitted to the allegations, telling police that “They were horsing around” and they “did not think it would turn into such a major incident.”
According to reports, Koguchi’s death was due to injuries he sustained to his internal organs. An early report noted the possibility of the cause of death being acute peritonitis.
Police are looking into whether there was any history of violence at the plant.