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Accident: 200840973 - Employee Injured When Tire Explodes

Accident: 200840973 -- Report ID: 0524530 -- Event Date: 12/02/2003
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30381921312/04/20037534Salem Tire Center, Inc. Dba Wabash Tire
An employee was moving a 3-piece rim tire from the tire cage to a truck when it exploded. The tire was a Firestone Rim assembly that was approximately 20 inches in diameter by 7.5 inches wide. He suffered numerous facial fractures and was hospitalized. The split locking ring and side ring were both rusty and had corrosion damage. This was his first day on the job and there was no training or procedures in place before he started working. He had received OJT for two tires prior to working on his own.
Keywords: air pressure, explosion, inexperience, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, face, tire rim, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303819213 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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