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Accident: 170185748 - Employee Decapitated By Exploding Tire Rim

Accident: 170185748 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 08/12/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11210937608/12/19913446Mena'S Wrought Iron Works
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on August 12, 1991, Employee #1, a welder for Mena's Wrought Iron Works in Sylmar, CA, was arc welding a cracked wheel rim on a truck tire. The tire exploded and the rim flipped up, striking Employee #1. His face, the back of his head, and his left hand were blown off, killing him. The flying rim tore a hole through the roof of the shop, eventually landing across the street. Emergency services (911) was called and an investigator from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office examined and removed Employee #1's body.
Keywords: head, repair, work rules, welder, explosion, restraining device, flying object, decapitated, tire rim, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112109376 Fatality Other Welders and cutters

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