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Accident: 14369300 - Employee Killed When Struck In Head By Exploding Tire

Accident: 14369300 -- Report ID: 0522300 -- Event Date: 04/02/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10592865904/10/19905541Waynesburg Union 76
Employee #1 was arc welding a metal rim leak and was on the second weld when the fully inflated mounted tire, containing compressed air, exploded from the heat generated by the welding process. The force of the explosion caused the tire to separate from the rim and strike Employee #1 in the head and face. Employee #1 sustained multiple fractures and related trauma to his head and died. The arc welder was a Marquette Mig welder, model #12-185; the tire was a new Kelly Safari AWR, 33 x 12.50 R.16.5 LT; the rim was a single piece, 8 lug rim. See attached photos in file. Note: LT tires are excluded from truck tire cage use per 1910.177(a)(1).
Keywords: fracture, head, compressed air, explosion, struck by, face, tire rim, arc welding, high temperature, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105928659 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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