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Accident: 519157 - One Employee Killed, Two Injured When Wheel Explodes

Accident: 519157 -- Report ID: 0935000 -- Event Date: 07/23/1999
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11354088407/23/19994491Rota Terminal & Transfer Company, Inc.
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on July 23, 1999, Employees #1 through #3 were removing the left front tire on a Clark 35,000 lb capacity forklift to get to the inside flat tire of the dual-wheeled vehicle. They had all removed but two of the wheel-retaining clips when the multi-piece rim wheel exploded. Employee #1 was thrown 15 ft and sustained head injuries; he was transported to the hospital, where he died. Employees #2 and #3 were thrown 14 ft and sustained extensive facial and skull lacerations and fractures.
Keywords: longshoring, fracture, explosion, industrial truck, restraining device, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, flying object, pressure release, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 113540884 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
2 113540884 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
3 113540884 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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