Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) Report for Massachusetts: Truck Driver Dies While Rotating Tires Mounted on Demountable Multi-Piece Rim Wheels

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.

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    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Project
    250 Washington Street, 6th floor
    Boston, MA  United States  02108-4619

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    1095 Willowdale Road, Mail Stop 1808
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26505
  • Publication Date: 2013-3-1


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 7p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01536058
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FACE-11-MA-044-01
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2014 9:32AM