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Accident: 14214829 - Employee Struck By Exploding Multipiece Rim Components

Accident: 14214829 -- Report ID: 0454712 -- Event Date: 10/24/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
324248410/28/19857534Tire World Inc
ON OCTOBER 24, 1985, AT APPROXIMATELY 2:30 PM, EMPLOYEE #1 AND ANOTHER EMPLOYEE WERE SERVICING A MULTI-PIECE RIM WHEEL FROM A SEMI-TRUCK. SINCE IT WAS A ROAD SERVICE CALL, THE TWO WERE WORKING OUT OF THEIR SERVICE TRUCK. THEY HAD TROUBLE REMOVNG THE LOCKING RING, BUT EVENTUALLY PRIED IT OFF. THEY REPLACED THE TUBE AND FLAP AND REASSEMBLED THE RIM. THE SERVICE TRUCK WAS NOT EQUIPPED WITH ANY KIND OF RESTRAINING DEVICE SO THE TIRE WAS BEING SERVICED ON THE GROUND. WHEN THE EMPLOYEES INFLATED THE TIRE AN EXPL;OSIVE SEPARATION OF THE RIM WHEEL COMPONENTS OCCURRED. BOTH EMPLOYEES WERE STRUCK BY WHEEL COMPONENTS AND KNOCKED INTO THE AIR ABOUT 3 FEET. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS STRUCK IN THE RIGHT FRONT AND SIDE OF HIS HEAD BY THE LOCK RING, AND WAS KNOCKED ABOUT 4 FEET FROM THE TIRE. HE WAS AIRLIFTED, UNCONSCIOUS, TO A LARGE MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE HE DIED OF MASSIVE HEAD INJURIES. THE OTHER EMPLOYEE WAS STRUCK BY THE TUBE OR FLAP AND RECIEVED ONLY MINOR FACIAL INJURIES. HE RECIEVED FIRST AID AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL.
Keywords: head, explosion, high pressure, restraining device, inflating, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 3242484 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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