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Accident: 200352896 - Employee Died After Explosion While Recapping Truck Tire

Accident: 200352896 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 02/27/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30614437903/04/20037534Tire South Corporation
Employee #1 was using compressed air to inflate a curing tube inside a newly recapped truck tire. The tire was mounted on a two-piece steel curing recapping rim. Approximately 25 psi of air pressure was placed into the tube from a controlled and regulated compressed air source but the tire did not seal against the new tread material. A coworker was in the curing chamber loading assembled tires for curing when he heard a loud explosion. He ran out of the chamber and found Employee #1 slumped over backwards on a tire elevating machine with a large wound on the front of his head. A second air hose, which was not regulated to a maximum of 25 psi was lying beside Employee #1. This air hose was connected to a compressor with a maximum output of 300 psi and did not have a regulator to reduce air pressure. Employee #1 over inflated the inner curing tube to help seal the tire against the new tread material and it exploded, causing the two-piece steel curing rim to shear the locking lugs, separating the steel rim halves and striking Employee #1 in the head and chest. He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he later died.
Keywords: chest, head, explosion, inflating, struck by, tire rim, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306144379 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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