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Accident: 200260495 - Employee Killed Tire Explodes During Mounting

Accident: 200260495 -- Report ID: 0627100 -- Event Date: 06/03/1998
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11648541806/10/19984212Military Waste Management, Inc.
At 6:45 a.m. on June 3, 1998, Employee #1, a mechanic, was mounting the rear driver's side wheel on a rear loading garbage truck. He had assembled and inflated the tire tube and the tire sometime the previous evening, Apparently, Employee #1 was on one knee, preparing to lever the wheel up to the bolts. The tire was standing on its tread, supported by a tire iron, and he had an impact wrench in his hand, prepared to start a nut. Employee #1 was about to mount the wheel to the axle when the tire exploded and the lock ring and side/flange ring came flying out, striking him in the head. He was transported by helicopter to the hospital, where he was placed on life support. On June 4, 1998, Employee #1 was removed from life support; he died later that day. The wheel consisted of a rim with various dents and deformations. There was grease and dirt in the groove for the lock ring, and the lock and side/flange rings had no identifiable part numbers.
Keywords: work rules, mechanic, explosion, restraining device, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, flying object, tire rim, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116485418 Fatality Fracture Not specified mechanics and repairers

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