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Accident: 97762.015 - Employee Is Struck By Exploding Tire Rim And Is Killed

Accident: 97762.015 -- Report ID: 0552652 -- Event Date: 08/01/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1251516.01508/02/2017Kalamazoo Pallet Llc
At 2:30 p.m. on August 1, 2017, an employee was repairing a leaking front left t ire on a front end loader with two coworkers. A bottle of Green Slime tire leak sealant was injected into the tire and an ether-based starting fluid was spraye d into the tire. The starting fluid was lit with a propane torch, causing the t ire to seat against the wheel bead. At this point, the employee took an air hose and inflated the tire while holding the air chuck on the tire valve and standin g in front of the wheel. The outer portion of the multi-piece rim blew off and lacerated the employee's neck, killing him.
Keywords: air pressure, blowout--tire, motor vehicle, neck, struck by
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1251516.015 45 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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