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Accident: 170354633 - Employee Dies When Struck In Head By Tire Rim

Accident: 170354633 -- Report ID: 0950622 -- Event Date: 11/16/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12021982911/16/19937538Dynasty Coachworks
Employee #1 had worked for the employer intermittently for several years and was a competent tire repair person. Four light truck tires (Gateway-Gumbo Monster Murder) (sizes 15/38.5 x 15 light, D.O.T. #DYAW 53 x 33G) and 4 rims (approved 15 x 10 J.J.) were placed near the shop's tire machine. The F.M.C machine had an in-line regulator (60 psi maximum) and chuck. The tire being inflated was on the concrete floor about 18 inches from the tire machine. Employee #1 chose to use an air line for air tools at 160-170 psi, 25 yd from the tire. As he inflated the tire (rated at 45 psi), it blew apart the rim, which struck Employee #1 in the forehead. He was killed instantly. Employee #1 had a history of chemical dependency.
Keywords: repair, work rules, forehead, high pressure, inflating, struck by, air line, tire rim, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120219829 Fatality Concussion Garage and service station related occupations

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