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Accident: 200840668 - Mechanic Killed By Exploding Tire

Accident: 200840668 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 07/11/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30381368707/12/20017534Gary'S Tire Center
At about 5:30 p.m. on July 11, 2001, Employee #1, a mechanic, was inflating a farm tractor tire which was mounted on a wheel rim that had been removed from the tractor. The single piece rim was approximately 40 years old and the tire was a new International Harvester tire. No restraining devices or barriers were in use during inflation. The air compressor was set about 120 psi and the air line was not equipped with a pressure gauge or pressure regulator. When the tire exploded, Employee #1 was struck by the rim and killed.
Keywords: wheel, air pressure, compressor, single piece rim, regulator valve, mechanic, compressed air, inflating, air line, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303813687 Fatality Fracture Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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