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Truck driver dies while rotating tires mounted on demountable multi-piece rim wheels - 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 11MA044, 2013 Mar; :1-7
On October 19, 2011 a 39-year-old male truck driver (victim) was fatally injured while rotating the tires on a rear tandem axle dual wheel truck. Although the incident was not witnessed, it appears that the victim was struck in the head by a wedge clamp from the multi-piece demountable rim wheel when a rim released. A co-worker found the victim on the ground in the company's garage and placed a call for emergency medical services (EMS). Personnel from the local and state police departments, fire department and EMS all arrived within minutes of the call. The victim was pronounced dead at the incident location. 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 when tires mounted on demountable rims are being removed from a vehicle, all of the rim's wedge clamps are loose before entirely removing any of the lug nuts; 3. Ensure that employees never position themselves in the trajectory of (in front of or over) inflated tires mounted on multi-piece rims while servicing any wheel or tire component; and 4. Develop standard operating procedures (SOP) for servicing multi-piece rims and provide training on these procedures.
Region-1; Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Training; Traumatic-injuries; Work-environment; Work-operations; Motor-vehicles; Truck-drivers; Trucking
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-11MA044; 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