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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303393284 - Jersey Bandag Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Marlton

Nr: 303393284Report ID: 0213900Open Date: 09/27/2001

Jersey Bandag Inc.
59 Flint Rd
So. Toms River, NJ 08757
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7549/Automotive Services, Except Repair and Carwashes

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:12/18/2001
Close Case:06/19/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/26/2002 04/08/2002 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201771490Event: 09/27/2001Tire Overfilled With Compressed Air Blows Killing Employee
On September 27, 2001, Employee #1 was attempting to handle an 1,100 R20 truck tire encased in a vulcanization envelope that had been overfilled with compressed air. Target air pressure was 10 p.s.i. to hold tire shape. However, the air hose remained connected to the tire and inflated the tire to near 145 p.s.i. Then, the tire exploded, shattering the vulcanization rim. The blast and fragments struck Employee #1's chest, neck and head and hurled Employee #1 about 16 feet, killing him. He also had three broken ribs. Forensic examination of the air pressure regulator revealed the device was installed in a reverse condition and regulator function was not functioning. Maximum air pressure was delivered at all times through the regulator regardless of the T-handle setting.
Keywords: chest, head, regulator valve, compressed air, explosion, laceration, rib, neck, mech malfunction, tire
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303393284 Fatality Cut/Laceration Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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