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Accident: 201059144 - Employee Is Injured When Tire Explodes

Accident: 201059144 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 10/13/2004
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30716288310/20/20047699Industrial Forklift Inc
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on October 13, 2004, Employee #1, an industrial truck mechanic with Industrial Forklifts, Inc., was demounting a size 500, 8-ply pneumatic tire from an industrial truck split rim. With the tire still inflated to approximately 85-100 psi, he began removing the six nuts and bolts from the rims with a pneumatic impact wrench. Upon removing the last nut from the rim, the wheel exploded, causing the impact wrench to strike Employee #1's forehead. He then fell backwards, striking his head on the concrete floor. Employee #1 was hospitalized for an unspecified fracture.
Keywords: wheel, forehead, mechanic, explosion, industrial truck, struck by, concussion, flying object, tire rim, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307162883 Hospitalized injury Fracture Heavy equipment mechanics

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