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Accident: 127264.015 - Employee Is Struck And Killed By Falling Tire Forming Mold

Accident: 127264.015 -- Report ID: 0454713 -- Event Date: 06/08/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1480490.01506/08/2020Cumberland Machine Co., Inc.
At 7:45 a.m. on June 8, 2020, an employee was working for a firm that serviced, repaired, and fabricated commercial and industrial machinery and assembled parts for customers. The firm was working under contract for a large international ma nufacturer of tires. The employee was cleaning the vent holes for the bottom pla te of the D9-right mold number 53208 for the Kobelco tire steam former NN87 on r ow D. The plate was used to create the largest truck radial tire produced at the facility. The plate was approximately 1.49 meters (58.5 inches) in diameter and approximately 76 millimeters (3 inches) thick. It weighed an approximate total of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds). As the employee was elevating the plate to fl ip it to the other side, one of the load bolt holes securing the plate to the sl ings of the overhead crane failed. The interior threading for the bolt hole was stripped, and the plate fell, striking and crushing the employee. His upper body and torso were crushed by the mold. He was killed. During an inspection, it was determined that employees were exposed to a struck-by hazard. The load bolts, l oad bolt holes, and bolt sleeves were not inspected or used in a manner to ensur e that they could safely lift and support tire molds while they were being clean ed.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, bolt, equipment failure, falling object, mech malfunction, mold, mold plates, overhead crane, sling, struck by, torso
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1480490.015 33 M Fatality Machinists

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