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Accident: 200052009 - Employee Dies From Being Struck By Tire Rim

Accident: 200052009 -- Report ID: 0728900 -- Event Date: 03/11/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30373307503/12/20030134Diamond Hill Farm
On March 11, 2003, Employee #1 was inflating a single steel belted radial tire upon an irrigation pivot platform when the tire ruptured. As the tire ruptured, it separated from the rim and launched the rim up and out of the pivot platform. The rim struck Employee #1 in his forehead, causing traumatic injuries, which were fatal. A likely reason for the tire rupture was an over-pressurization of the tire. The tire was rated to 100-psi and the line pressure was set at 160-psi. With the ability of the line pressure to produce pressures greater than the maximum tire pressure, there was a potential over-pressurization hazard with the operation. Furthermore, the age of the steel belted radial tire was unknown, which could have contributed to the tire rupturing. The tire hit the overhead garage door, which was in the open position with enough force to damage the door, rollers, and break out the windows. In addition, the explosive forces of the tire separation resulted in substantial amounts of damage of the rim as well.
Keywords: forehead, struck against, rupture, inflating, tire rim, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303733075 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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