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Accident: 201623196 - Split Rim Seperates, Injures Mechanics' Lower Leg And Ankle

Accident: 201623196 -- Report ID: 1054116 -- Event Date: 06/20/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31474878106/22/20112436Emerald Forest Products Inc
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on June 20, 2011, Employee #1, a 65-year-old male with Emerald Forest Products, was working on a forklift replacing a tire in the maintenance shop. Employee #1 removed a defective tire and rim from the forklift and went to the spare rack to find a replacement. Employee #1 removed a new 300-15 tire, which was mounted on a multi-piece rim, which consisted of the rim, a ring and a lock ring. Employee #1 noticed that the tire seemed flat and checked the pressure, which was less than 15 psi. Employee #1 stood the tire on end near the forklift and placed a locking air nozzle on the valve. After a short period of time, Employee #1 went to check on the pressure of the tire. As Employee #1 stood next to the tire, the tire and rim separated explosively, causing severe trauma to his lower leg and ankle. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he received medical treatment for his injuries and was released.
Keywords: maintenance, mechanic, industrial truck, struck by, tire rim, ankle, leg, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314748781 Hospitalized injury Fracture Millwrights

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