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Mechanic dies while changing a tire mounted on a multi-piece split rim wheel - Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
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 07MA058, 2009 Oct; :1-6
On December 31, 2007, a 59-year-old male mechanic (victim) was fatally injured while changing a container handler's dual front inner tire that was mounted on a multi-piece split rim. While removing the outer multi-piece split rim wheel to access the inner wheel, it exploded off the container handler striking the victim and pushing him into the mast of a forklift. A co-worker found the victim lying on his back on the ground with the outer tire on top of him. The co-worker placed a call for the local police; personnel from the local police and fire departments arrived within minutes. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Massachusetts FACE Program concluded that to prevent similar occurrences in the future, employers should: 1.) Ensure that all multi-piece rim wheel tires are deflated prior to removing them from a vehicle's axle. 2.) Ensure that employees never position themselves in the trajectory (in front of or over) of inflated tires mounted on multi-piece rims. 3.) Perform routine inspections of all multi-piece rim wheels to identify damaged components. 4.) Ensure multi-piece rim wheels with mounted inflated tires are never struck with hammers or other objects. 5.) Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for servicing multi-piece rims and provide training on these procedures.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Equipment-operators; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Protective-measures; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-07MA058; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division