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Accident: 14486765 - Employee Killed When Struck By Exploding Wheel Rim

Accident: 14486765 -- Report ID: 0215600 -- Event Date: 07/15/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10682509407/19/19887513E & M Equipment Rental, Inc.
Employee #1 was inflating a multipiece wheel rim truck tire. The employee placed the tire on its side on the floor of the garage instead of using the pipe rack restraining device, which was standing on the floor approximately 20 ft away. Apparently, because the wheel was not properly assembled, the tire exploded in the employee's face. Employee #1 was struck in the face, throat, and head by pieces of the rim, causing fractures of the skull and facial bones as well as aspiration of the blood. Employee #1 died approximately 1 1/2 hours later in the hospital. The air line was not equipped with a clip-on chuck or an air gauge.
Keywords: work rules, rupture, explosion, restraining device, inflating, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, flying object, air line, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106825094 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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