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Accident: 14491898 - Employee Killed When Struck By Exploding Tire

Accident: 14491898 -- Report ID: 0214500 -- Event Date: 05/31/1990
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10115023305/31/19905014Honest Mitch Tire Repair
Employee #1 and a coworker were changing a tire on a jumbo yard forklift truck. The truck was in an open area of a fence erection contractor's storage yard. After the rear left tire had been removed from the truck, Employee #1 removed the inner tube and found it to be defective. The tube was replaced and, when Employee #1 inflated the tire, it exploded. Employee #1 was in the path of the trajectory and was struck on the head. His head was almost totally crushed and he died. Over-pressurization or a split tire head may have caused the accident. The operation was being performed with no protective barrier or restraining device while the tire was on the ground.
Keywords: maintenance, work rules, explosion, high pressure, restraining device, inflating, struck by, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101150233 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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