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Accident: 201058898 - Employee Is Injured By Exploding Tire During Inflation

Accident: 201058898 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 07/20/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30716205707/30/20047538Pep Boys
At approximately 9:35 a.m. on July 20, 2004, Employee #1, a mechanic with a Pep Boys store in Huntington Park, CA, was inflating an automobile tire mounted on a single-piece steel rim. The customer had stated that he had brought it in because he was unsuccessful inflating it himself. Employee #1 placed the tire on the ground near the opening of a service bay and began to inflate the tire using a compressed air hose and nozzle through the tire's valve stem. As he was inflating the tire, the bottom side burst causing it to fly upwards against his right arm. Employee #1 was hospitalized for a fracture. The investigation determined that the accident was caused by Employee #1's failure to use a safety tire rack, cage or other equivalent restraining device to contain the tire and/or rim in the event of an explosion.
Keywords: fracture, repair, automotive repair, work rules, restraining device, inflating, struck by, arm, pressure release, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307162057 Hospitalized injury Fracture Automobile mechanics

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