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Accident: 14435168 - Employee Killed After Tire Explodes

Accident: 14435168 -- Report ID: 0418600 -- Event Date: 11/18/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10701058911/19/19915032Bradford Gravel Company
At approximately 12:00 noon on November 18, 1991, Employee #1 was servicing a Firestone 11225 tubeless tire and an Accuride 225 rim that had been removed from a 1989 Peterbilt 26,000 lb dump truck. After changing and apparently inflating the tire, Employee #1 found a small pin hole in the rim that caused a leak. Another worker advised him that the owner wanted him to use a wheel from another truck. Employee #1, according to a witness, ignored the advice and proceeded to get the welding cables and arc weld the rim on the single piece rim wheel. According to a witness, the tire had not been deflated because the core wrench used to deflate tires was in the employee's back pocket. After Employee #1 finished welding and had chipped off the flux, the tire exploded, sending him approximately 17 in. into a rafter. The wheel and rim struck the middle rafter of the garage. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: repair, work rules, welding, explosion, restraining device, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107010589 Fatality Other Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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