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Accident: 170168223 - Employee Injured When Tire Explodes While Inflating

Accident: 170168223 -- Report ID: 0950623 -- Event Date: 05/22/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11195801305/23/19910175Naumes Inc
At 8:10 a.m. on May 22, 1991, Employee #1 was inflating a 9.5/9-24 front-lugged tire for a Kubota M4500 LT 4-wheel drive orchard tractor. He had patched the tube and was inflating it to seat the bead when the unrestrained tire exploded. He was taken to Rideout Emergency Hospital in Marysville, where he was treated for a ruptured spleen, broken ribs, and a crushed wrist. Employee #1 later stated that he remembered hearing the explosion but not much else, and he believed that he had been thrown against an adjacent wall. He also thought there was approximately 60 pounds of pressure in the tire when it exploded, but that he could not read the manually-operated valve. Employee #1 indicated that he had complained about this hand valve 2 weeks before the accident.
Keywords: air pressure, fracture, spleen, unsecured, agriculture, work rules, explosion, restraining device, inflating, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111958013 Hospitalized injury Fracture Farm equipment mechanics

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