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Accident: 201620663 - Employee Injured When Tire Explodes

Accident: 201620663 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 03/06/2001
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30392448403/12/20017534Les Schwab Warehouse Center Inc
At approximately 6:44 p.m., Employee #1 was on a service call to repair a 900R20 truck tire on a multi-piece rim. He used a portable tire cage to contain the tire and wheel assembly during inflation. After inflation to 100 PSI the tire was left inside the cage for several minutes before removing it. As he stood the tire and wheel up onto the tread he made an examination of the tires side walls. As he leaned over he saw a bulge develop on the side wall, and then an explosion immediately followed. The force from the air pressure ripped his shirt front and blew him backwards. According to a witness he lost consciousness and fell to the ground. Employee #1 was hospitalized for an irregular heart beat.
Keywords: heart, rupture, explosion, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, tire rim, unguarded, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303924484 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Garage and service station related occupations

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