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Accident: 14491708 - Employee Killed When Struck By Exploding Multipiece Rim

Accident: 14491708 -- Report ID: 0214500 -- Event Date: 09/16/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
75940709/21/19883273Service Concrete Corporation
Employee #1 and a coworker were in the service garage of a concrete yard mounting a multipiece rim wheel for a concrete truck. The tire was assembled and being inflated without the available safety restraining device. When the pressure reached 80 psi, Employee #1 noticed that the rim was not seated properly so he tapped the inside of it with a sledge hammer. The wheel assembly exploded, striking Employee #1 in the forehead. He sustained massive head injuries and died the following day. An investigation revealed that the restraining device was not used, an in-line air valve with pressure gauge or regulator was not provided, Employee #1 struck a pressurized wheel assembly, and the employees were using incompatible rim components.
Keywords: work rules, forehead, explosion, restraining device, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, tire rim
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 759407 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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