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Accident: 201071115 - Employee Injured When Tire Being Inflated Came Apart

Accident: 201071115 -- Report ID: 0950632 -- Event Date: 07/19/2007
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12587948607/31/20070761Western Sun Products
At 9:35 a.m. on July 19, 2007, Employee #1, the vice president of operations, and a supervisor were both employed by Western Sun Products. Employee #1 was inflating a 16-inch conveyor tire that had just been put on its rim by another employee. The tire and rim were on the ground as Employee #1 stood over it. The backside on the tire got hung up over the rim and as Employee #1 added air, it came apart. Employee #1 was not sure if he was hit by rim, or the tire, or both when it released. Employee #1's right hand was in the trajectory path of the tire and rim when it released, causing significant injuries to his right hand and wrist. Employee #1 was not using the nearby in-house tire restraint device, a tire safety rack, to control the explosive pressure release that occurred during the accident. The employer lacked a clip-on air chuck with a minimum 24-inch length of hose connected to an in-line foot or hand valve and gauge, which could have kept Employee #1 out of the trajectory path when the tire and or rim exploded. Employee #1 sustained a lacerated right wrist, a broken right thumb, and compound fractured to his right wrist as a result of this accident. Employee #1 was transported to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Brawley, California by the supervisor. The doctors at Pioneer Memorial Hospital were unable to perform the necessary hand surgery and sent Employee #1 by ambulance to UCSD Hospital in San Diego. Employee #1 had surgery to reattach the tendon to his right thumb and repairs were made to the broken bones of the hand and wrist. At the time of the interview, Employee #1 was in rehabilitation for the hand injury.
Keywords: air pressure, fracture, explosion, struck by, tire rim, hand, tire, wrist
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125879486 Hospitalized injury Fracture Managers and administrators, n.e.c

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