Truck rental service laborer dies when struck by lock ring from exploded truck tire.
NIOSH 1996 Nov; :1-3
On June 13, 1996, a 24-year-old male laborer (the victim) died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a lock ring from an exploding truck tire. The victim had begun work on replacing two left rear inside tube type two-piece split rim 10R22 truck tires for a corporation tanker trailer. The victim had completed inflating the new truck tire to 100 psi air pressure in the split rim cage. He subsequently rolled this first of two tires from the split rim cage 18 feet to the axle where he used a tire bar to leverage the 150 lb tire up onto the axle position. The victim had reached for the spacer ring and was holding it in both hands in front of the tire when the truck tire pressure exploded the lock ring outward forcing the spacer ring with great force into the victim's upper chest. The victim lost consciousness almost immediately and died of internal bleeding and chest injury. The Indiana FACE investigator concluded that to prevent future similar occurrences employers should: 1. Ensure training is repetitive enough when performing non-repetitive tasks. 2. Ensure rim flanges, rim gutters, ring bead surfaces and head area of tires are free of surface scale or flaked rubber.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Automotive-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Trucking
Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Indiana State Department of Health