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Accident: 14217079 - Multi-Piece Rim Wheel Exploded, Killing Employee

Accident: 14217079 -- Report ID: 0950411 -- Event Date: 06/18/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1461864906/20/19844212Lawler Contracting & Equipment Co
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS POSITIONED AT THE REAR OF A PICKUP TRUCK (1978 FORD, LICENSE #30G-849,VIN #F25BRAG3458). HE WAS HELPING TO UNLOAD A MULTIPIECE RIM WHEEL (GOODYEAR HI-MILER, 1000-20F TRUCK TIRE WITH SPLIT RIM,) WHICH WAS TO BE MOUNTED ON A SEMI-TRUCK. ANOTHER EMPLOYEE WAS IN THE BED OF THE PICK UP PUSHING THE SPARE TIRE OFF THE TRUCK. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS GUIDING THE TIRE TO THE GROUND. EMPLOYEE #1 GUIDED THE TIRE (WHEEL) ALMOST TO GROUND LEVEL, THEN LET IT BOUNCE. THE TIRE REPORTEDLY BOUNCED A COUPLE OF TIMES AND EXPLODED (SPLIT RIM SEPARATED FROM THE WHEEL). EMPLOYEE #1 WAS THROWN TO THE GROUND BY THE IMPACT OF THE WHEEL. THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS CRUSHING CHEST UNJURIES. OTHER INJURIES TO EMPLOYEE #1 WERE CONTUSED ABRASIONS OF THE CHEST, FRACTURES OF THE STERMUM AND RIGHT FEMUR AND ABRASIONS AND LACERATIONS OF THE RIGHT THIGH AND LEFT KNEE.
Keywords: chest, wheel, explosion, multipiece rim wheel, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14618649 Fatality Fracture Automobile mechanics

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