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Worker killed while inflating a tire mounted on a multi-piece rim - Massachusetts.
FACE Facts 2004 Aug; 7(2):1-2
Incident: A 42-year-old male laborer was fatally injured while using an air line with a faulty pressure gauge to inflate a tire mounted on a multi-piece rim on a front end loader. The victim sat in a chair positioned directly in front of the flat tire's sidewall and in the trajectory of the multi-piece rim parts. While he was inflating the tire, the increased air pressure caused the tire's tube to explode. The explosion knocked the victim backward with the chair, fatally injuring him. Recommendations: All employees should be cautioned about the potential hazards of multi-piece rim wheels. Only employees who are assigned to service multi-piece rim wheels and have been trained on the proper methods of working with these wheels should be allowed to service them, including inflating tires.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Protective-measures; Automobile-repair-shops; Automotive-industry
Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Issue of Publication
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Fatality Investigation Report: FACE Facts
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division