MISOHA recently released details of their 2nd reported fatality of 2017. While most of our operations are covered by MSHA, this MIOSHA fatality is close to home as it deals with tire maintenance.
Details of the incident are as follows:
A 61-year-old truck driver was watching two mechanics work on the inside rear tire of a truck. One mechanic left to retrieve a tool while the other mechanic was removing the air chuck. The truck driver approached the tire when the side wall of the tire exploded, releasing the compressed air and throwing the truck driver backwards where his head struck the floor. The employee died in route to the hospital.
Make sure to review your tire safety program with all of your maintenance personnel as well as plan on attending the 2017 MAA Safety Summit where you can learn firsthand about tire safety from MAA member Craig Tinklenburg from Tredroc Tire Services.