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Accident: 968040 - Two Employees Injured When Tire Explodes

Accident: 968040 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 08/22/1987
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
292795208/24/19877534Joe Rossi Tires Inc
Employees #1 and #2, the owner and a mechanic, respectively, of a tire repair shop, were attempting to remove a stuck #5 flange from the split rim of a deflated tire. When the valve stem and the lock ring were removed, a tube flap was found to be stuck under the #5 flange. Various methods were tried to remove the flange, but without success. A solvent was then used in an attempt to melt the flap, but it did not work either. After approximately 30 minutes, Employee #1 tried using a torch to burn out the flap. The solvent and vapors exploded, propelling the flange into his face. He sustained major damage to the right side of his face and to his right hand and a minor injury to his left hand. Employee #2 received a massive bruise on his upper leg when he was struck by a hammer.
Keywords: flammable vapors, stuck, work rules, mechanic, torch, explosion, restraining device, struck by, flying object, tire
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2927952 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
2 2927952 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Automobile mechanics

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