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Accident: 582163 - Mechanic Killed When Struck In Face By Exploding Tire Rim

Accident: 582163 -- Report ID: 0524200 -- Event Date: 11/30/1993
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10358694712/01/19934581Signature Flight Support Corp.
Employee #1, an automotive mechanic, was repairing one of the small 8 in. tires used on the baggage trailers that transport luggage to and from an aircraft. Apparently Employee #1 was inflating the tire when the tube failed. The resulting explosion caused the rim and tire to separate and propel upward into his face. The rim struck Employee #1 at the base of the nose, causing massive facial, skull, and brain damage to the right side of his head; he died eight hours later. Employee #1 was using an inappropriate air chuck and probably did not have the backing cone installed on the tire machine to restrain the wheel.
Keywords: repair, work rules, mechanic, equipment failure, explosion, skull, inflating, struck by, flying object, tire rim
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 103586947 Fatality Fracture Automobile mechanics

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