A heavy equipment mechanic died when a scraper tire exploded.
Public Health Institute
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 06CA004, 2007 Jul; :1-6
A 45-year-old heavy equipment mechanic died when the heavy equipment tire that was attached to a wheel, drum, and brake assembly of a scraper exploded. The victim and a co-worker had used acetylene torches to heat and cut the brake assembly that was attached to the drum and wheel of the inflated tire, but were not able to remove the brake assembly. The victim and the coworker decided to stop work for the day, and as the victim was picking up his tools, the tire exploded. The tire was not deflated prior to the work on the brake assembly. The CA/FACE investigator determined that in order to prevent future occurrences, employers, as part of their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), should: 1. Ensure that all heavy equipment tires are deflated and the valve stem removed prior to any work being performed on the tires or attached components.
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