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Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200640498 Event: 02/28/1997One Employee Killed, One Injured In Tire Explosion
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on February 28, 1997, Employees #1 and #2, both tire repair contractors in a plant's fleet maintenance shop, had just completed repairs to the right front tire of a Caterpillar 910 front end loader, serial #40Y3083. Employee #1 had inflated the tire to approximately 40 psi. He was picking up his tools when Employee #2 added more air to the tire, resulting in an almost immediate explosive separation of the multi-piece wheel. The flange ring flew off and struck Employee #2, killing him. The tire struck Employee #1, who sustained minor injuries.
Keywords: blowout--tire, work rules, personnel cage, repair, automotive repair, inflating, multipiece rim wheel, struck by, flying object, communication
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300473485 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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