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Accident: 14369284 - Employee Struck And Killed By Exploding Tire And Rim

Accident: 14369284 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 03/26/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10592866703/30/19905541Potomac & Western Co., Dba Akron 71 West
Employee #1 was arc welding a metal rim leak (a crack) when the mounted tire, which contained some compressed air and, allegedly, Stop-Leak butane/propane gases, exploded from the heat generated by the welding process. The force of the explosion caused the tire, which had separated from the rim, and possibly the rim, to strike Employee #1 in the head and face. Employee #1 sustained multiple fractures and related trauma to his head and neck from which he died. The arc welder was an Idealasc-250 Lincoln welding machine, model 250, serial #AC-221955, code 5826, 230-466 V, 70-35 AMPS; the tire was a Motomaster LTR 9.50R 16.5 LT M&S--Traction Plus; the rim was a single piece, single wall rim. Note: LT tires are excluded from truck cage use per 1910.177(a)(1).
Keywords: fracture, head, butane, explosion, neck, propane, struck by, tire rim, arc welding, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105928667 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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