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Accident: 200742328 - Employee Killed When Rim Assembly Blows Off Inflating Tire

Accident: 200742328 -- Report ID: 0213100 -- Event Date: 12/28/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31052452512/31/20071629Douglas R. Dyer & Sons Contracting Inc.
On December 28, 2007, Employee #1 was on a crew preparing to begin snow removal at a shopping mall. He had started his Yale 1900 wheel loader, when he noticed the left front tire was flat. A coworker operating a Caterpillar 950B wheel loader with an onboard air compressor pulled his machine alongside Employee #1's Yale loader. They connected a 20 ft length of 3/8 in. air hose to the compressor and began inflating the tire. Before starting, the flat tire registered at 15 psi; normal pressure for the tire was 35-40 psi. Although the air hose was equipped with a clip-on chuck, it did not have an inline pressure gauge, so Employee #1 had to check the tire pressure periodically with a handheld tire gauge. As the tire was inflating, the lock ring on the rim assembly blew off the rim and struck Employee #1 in the head. He was transported to the hospital, where he died two days later as a result of his injuries.
Keywords: head, blowout--tire, work rules, construction, high pressure, restraining device, inflating, struck by, flying object, tire rim
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Highway, road, street Other Under $50,000 X
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 310524525 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Struck by falling object/projectile

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