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Accident: 92841.015 - Employee Is Killed When Struck By Exploding Tire

Accident: 92841.015 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 02/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1207909.01502/01/2017Chieftain Contract Services
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on February 1, 2017, an employee was assisting truck mechanics in the repair of a tire which was leaking air. The employee was standi ng in front of the leaking tire after having noticed a piece of metal that had p unctured the tire and was waiting with a mechanic while a second mechanic retrie ved a tire repair kit. Prior to identifying the tire puncture, numerous attempts were made to add air to the tire. The employee was standing approximately 3-fee t directly in front of a tire mounted on a semi-truck that was in the process of being repaired when the side wall of the tire ruptured exploding compressed air outwards towards the employee. The employee was blown off his feet and thrown a pproximately 6-feet backwards consequently striking his head on the floor. The e mployee's head struck the floor resulting in a concussion and closed head injury . The employee was killed.
Keywords: blowout--tire, compressed air, concussion, explosion, fall, struck by, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1207909.015 61 M Fatality Truck Driver: Heavy/Tractor-Trailer

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