Exploding tire seriously injures employee, according to OSHA

Employer allegedly failed to provide training, safeguards

Posted October 3, 2016

An employee sustained serious injuries on July 13, 2016, when the rim of a split rim tire struck him in the head. The injury occurred when the tire exploded as the worker attempted to service the tire, OSHA reported.

An OSHA investigation found that the Massachusetts powered industrial truck sales and repair facility where the employee worked failed to provide adequate training and safeguards to protect employees while they serviced rim wheels. Specifically, the company did not:

  • Develop and implement a training program for employees who service rim wheels to inform them of the hazards associated with the wheels, and safety procedures necessary for this task.
  • Evaluate each employee’s ability to service rim wheels safely.
  • Require employees to use or provide an airline assembly with a clip-on chuck and a sufficient length of hose that would allow employees to stand outside the rim’s trajectory should it explode.
  • Have manuals with instructions for servicing wheel rims available in the service area.

As a result of these conditions, OSHA cited the company for five serious violations of workplace safety standards. OSHA is proposing penalties of $62,355.

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