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Workers Killed While Servicing Tires

Workers Killed While Servicing Tires


I’m Olaf Knezevic, Engineer with WorkSafeBC. Tires can explode with devastating force,
causing injury or death. I’m going to describe three serious tire accidents. In the first accident, a worker was killed
while removing a tire from a log stacker. This stacker’s tires are mounted on rims made
up of several pieces, including an inner and outer rim. 16 bolts hold together the inner and outer
rim. 48 larger bolts attach the entire rim to the stacker’s hub. To get the wheel off the stacker, the worker
removed most of the large bolts while the tire was still inflated to about 90 psi. The remaining bolts had weakened over time
and could not handle the pressure. They sheared off or stripped. The outer rim and tire blasted towards the
worker, who was facing the tire. The worker was crushed between the tire and
his truck. The tremendous force of the impact can be
seen in the damage where the tire and worker hit the truck. In a second accident, a worker had just repaired
a crack in the rim by welding the rim with the tire still mounted but deflated. After completing the weld, the worker reinflated
the tire. The heat from the welding caused some tire
decomposition, which produced flammable gases. When the worker inflated the tire, the additional
air led to a fire inside the tire, causing it to explode. The huge force of the explosion separated
the tread into 4 flaps, folding them over. One flap struck the worker, causing fatal
injuries. In a third accident, a worker was inflating
a new tractor tire that he had just mounted on a rim. The tire and rim were laid flat on the ground
and the worker was positioned over the tire. The bead of the tire would not seat. To force the bead to seat, the worker kept
adding air. It was too much. The bead burst over the rim flange, catapulting
the worker and tire into the air. The worker fell back down, hit the concrete
driveway, and sustained serious injuries. The tire continued upwards and struck the
underside of the shop canopy. Death or injury could have been prevented
in all three accidents by the following safe work practices. With a multi-piece rim, always fully deflate
the tire before loosening the wheel nuts or bolts. When inflating multi-piece rim and tire assemblies,
always use a suitable restraining device, such as a safety cage, a safety T-bar, or
safety chains. This is also a safe work practice for single-piece
rim and tire assemblies. Keep out of the trajectory when handling or
inflating tires. Inflate tires to the recommended pressure
using a clamp-on air chuck and an in-line valve and gauge. The hose should be long enough to allow the
worker to keep out of the trajectory. Safe tire servicing requires proper equipment,
training, and procedures. Refer to the tire manufacturer’s instructions
for more safe work procedures and remember to always work safely.

100 thoughts on “Workers Killed While Servicing Tires

  1. This was one of our earliest slide shows. As a result, audio only plays from one speaker or headphone. Thanks for your understanding.

  2. There are various videos on TouTube showing people using some kind of igniter and flammable spray to get the tyre to resit back onto the wheel rim to finish the job. We are guessing they are risking a bad accident?

  3. I remember watching an old black man at ups in Dallas around 1980.He would lay out around 6 large truck wheels on the floor and go at them with a large hammer.Very skilled and fast all by ✋

  4. Always have the fear of a Tyre exploding when inflating one. Very good video.
    🚜💥💨😨 ☎😵🚑😵💉😷💀😭👼👼🚜😇🚜👼👼👼

  5. I had a bicycle tire explode the other day. That was loud, so imagining one of those big ones blowing up, that has to be tremendous.

  6. Reminds me of a country song I'm going to write. Goes something like this, "Mama's don't let your babies grow up to be tire changers."

  7. If only these so called tyre specialists had of watched this video & taken heed in this guy's advice 🤔
    Perhaps they would be around today🚛

  8. I’ve always worried about the little tire exploding on my wheelbarrow when I inflate it. I had no idea all this was actually happening.

  9. and yet you'll have idiots making youtube vids telling you overfilling a tire is ok when youre trying to set the bead or find a leak.dont do it!

  10. I had this friend years ago who was working on a small truck tire with a split rim. Instead of using a cage, he put the tire between his legs as he inflated the tire. The rim blew apart, breaking every bone in both of his legs and his pelvis was shattered. He never walked right again. He is lucky he wasn't killed.

  11. Many shops simply refuse to work on those old split rim tires. I remember the old man changing those as a kid. Was always telling me get outta here when he was!🤣

  12. Moral of the story: leave tire repairs to the qualified trained professionals.
    And shame on the ones who clicked to see Actual fatal mishaps on video.
    Sickos! 😁😁

  13. One night i was on the freeway and glanced over at the car on my left. There was a woman driving an older car with kids in the back. Her entire passenger side rear wheel was glowing cherry red just like a taillight. She must have had a bad bearing or maybe a stuck brake shoe. I managed to get her to pull over after a few harrowing minutes of trying to communicate with her through the window at 65 mph. I have always wondered why that tire didn't blow up.

  14. Defate the tire .and nothing will happen to you .simple has that .stupid in patient workers cause their own injurys .idiots.lol

  15. Let us hope (an pray) that as a result of these investigations, people aren't injured or killed. thro bad working practices and unsafe methods, trying to cut corners.

     U only have 1 life, look after it!

  16. Not accidents, .there are."safety violations" in all.
    An accident is a.random event with no prior warning or right way procedures involved, those guys COMMITED suicide by negligence or ignorance.

  17. My first lesson in tire repair safety came about 1959 9 years old i went with my dad in a tow truck to deliver a truck tractor and pick up the one that broke down the truck was parked near the shop guy was adding air to a tire he reached over to take the chuck off when the ring let lose made a mess out of his head never forgot dad showed me how to do one safely i have never forgotten

  18. Back in the 80s I was a mechanic in a Amoco service station. Came into the shop on Saturday morning and there's a huge dent in the ceiling. Asked what's up with that. Found out that fix a flat was flammable and the dent was from the tire techs body . Dude was straddling the tire when it exploded.

  19. Knowledge about what your doing a must! 90% of this was laziness and ingnorence! If you disagree, go riot in the streets. ¬.^

  20. Text a lot of those creep ass wheels on forklifts when inflating those I back a truck up against the wall up against so a truck at the tire in the wall I had a lawn mower tire blow up one time and knock me flat on my rear

  21. at the risk of sounding stupid can a normal car tire explode while adding air, please no smart ass comments

  22. When I worked the service station 50 years ago my boss always insisted I wrap a chain around 2 and 3 piece trims 2 sides to control it if the ring blew off

  23. I worked for Brad Ragan tire company back in the mid seventies. One day a tire blew up on a guy using a skiver, it ripped the front of his shirt open with all the buttons missing and also blinded the man for a few days. I also had a tire blow up on myself while running a buffer which cut the old rubber off so the tire could be recapped. These were what we called Puerto Rico singles, actually just tractor trailer tires. They had been recapped so many times before they would have never been legally allowed on roads in America. Happy motoring Puerto Rico! 👍

  24. It's a pity that outside contractors doing tyres have difficulty inflating to correct pressures, fitting valve extensions and dust caps, cleaning wheel mating surfaces, lubricating collars, sequence tightening and re-torque procedure.
    Ones I see in my local area on call have no proper work ethic that I have seen in my observations of 47 years in a related job.

  25. I saw this video and decided to view it. Reason being. I lived in a little town in SW Georgia back in the latter '90's. In a town next to mine, there was a shop there that repaired tires and rims (etc). Two brothers worked in this shop.

    One day one of the brothers had just finished changing out rims on a pickup truck. After doing so, he inflated the tires to the proper air pressure and was about to lower the truck off the rack. But noticed some spot on one of the rims that required a weld. He grabbed his torch and made the weld.

    You may have guessed it already. He failed to deflate the tire before he made the weld – or better yet, dismount the tire and take it back off the rim/wheel to do the job.

    It did not take long before the heat of the weld transferred to the air in the tire, greatly expanding the air, and then the inevitable happened.

    The explosion rocked the whole commercial area around there. The pickup truck was shot back off the rack in the opposite direction of the blast and was hanging off of it. The exploded tire tore the rim/wheel in two; the outer half flying across the bay striking the wall. But not before taking the face and front part of the skull off one of the brothers – the one working on the tire of this truck. His brother was also injured severly. He was asking how his brother was. No one wanted to tell him what happened to him. It was not a good sight.

    I gained an even greater appreciation and respect for the tremendous power of the physics that are involved in the heating and expansion of air (and H2O).

    Ignorance is NOT bliss. And what you DON'T know CAN KILL YOU!

    "My people are destroyed [perish] for lack of knowledge…" It goes on to say that "…because though hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…"

    To make an application, as an electrician; I had BETTER BE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE about electrical theory and POSSESS PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE in the field – or I can get myself or others injured or killed, burn property or set up future scenarios that may endanger others. Training.

    I have come in contact with those who are too proud and stubbornly STUPID to consider their ignorance is not an 'asset'. There are different kinds of fools. Those who REFUSE TO TAKE sound advise and warnings, they go their way – and suffer the consequences of their pride, stubbornness and stupidity.

    Then there are other fools, who WHEN they witness the previous kind of fool (I call them 'full-time-fools') suffer the fate of their folly; THEY, take a lesson from it.

    This video reminded me (refreshed my mind) to stay clear of shops where these 'accidents' might occur, due to others failure to appreciate how their ignorance might lead to their death or mine.

  26. Down here in Brasil I show this kind vídeos to several tyre repair guys because they don't wan use tha cage.

  27. "Split rims" should have long, long ago gone way of the DoDo. No excuse and you don't need them anymore. But you do need a safety cage. this is 2019, not 1919.

  28. Anything under pressure is dangerous. I was taught to change truck tyres with bead breakers and levers. I was shown how to clean the rim and split ring and make sure everything fitted well when put back. I was taught to always use a cage to inflate and inspect as it was seating and being inflated. I was shown a split rim embedded at 90 degrees into a hardwood tree and how if it hit a person it would cut in half. It comes down to being trained and responsible. when someone is injured by negligence or incompetence think where you will be legally placed when sitting at an inquest.

  29. A split rim exploded on my dad when he was young. It ripped his skin in half from his arm pit to his ankle. He said he was just working, blacked out and woke up in the hospital days later. Luckily he survived. Be safe people. By the way, don't be an idiot and use flammable liquids to set beads only douchebags do that. Get the right equipment and CHARGE $$$ for the use of that equipment, respect your tools and your labor. Be safe.

  30. I did tractor tire service work for a local truck stop that owns hundreds of locations. And I can tell you the LAZINESS AND STUPIDITY is very prevalent in this industry!! They talk a good game about safety but when it comes down to it its GET IT DONE AND SAFETY TAKES A BACK SEAT TO TIME SPENT DOING IT!!!

  31. If your inflating split rims ( spiders ) and no cage is available lay the tyre under the chassis of the truck/ trailer before inflating it…

  32. These 3 good men who worked to build our nations united civilization are remembered and honored for their service to the "BUILDER" are blessed with rest and given new life into forever. I give peace to their loved ones and joy to the truth that one day we are all united.

  33. I heard a story of a tire exploding throwing a worker onto a tire mounting machine impaling him through his back side

  34. My bro had a tractor tire blow up and broke his leg. Had a steel jig with six pins going thru his leg for 18 months, Lost about 2 inches of length on his leg. At least he lived and learned.

  35. Happen to My Dad, the tire blew the ring straight up, after breaking both his fore arms and wrist, and went thru the Roof, no safety cage

  36. Split rims are dangerous. If you don't have a tire cage at least wrap a heavy chain through them. Another thing, brake pods of a semi. EXTREMELY dangerous. In fact it's recommend that to dispose of them, you dig a deep hole and bury the things. Don't EVER try to take those things apart to repair them. Buy new pods. It's not worth the risk. Remember, the springs that, when parked, hold 80,000 lbs (or more) of truck, trailer and load are inside the pods.

  37. neighbor just opened a brand new tire shop. he stayed late one nite to change a tire . he did not use the cage. The split rim exploded and killed him. his wife found him the next day. tire shop closed.

  38. My family has been farmers, and mechanics since the 1920's, and we also sold, repaired, and changed car, truck, and tractor tires. I started changing the old split rim 16" truck tires when I was 14, and graduated to semi and tractor tires when I was 16. The only time I'd inflate a split rim outide of a cage was if it was an inside dual. While we never had any injuries, we did have a couple of rims let loose, scaring the crap out of me. When I graduated I joined the Army, and then went into Law Enforcement. I still worked the farm, but left the tires to my cousins!

  39. We had a tire guy who came in and did all our heavy equipment when I worked at Squaw Valley years ago. He had been terribly injured from a tire explosion.

  40. back in the days of split rims when no one had these cages we used to put a split rim under the arms of our hydraulic car lifts before airing them up in case they blew apart – – as for the first one why would you be releasing the bolts that hold a rim together , even partially, with the tire pressurized that makes no sense at all – – that would be like putting a new battery in the detonator box while the wires were still attached to the dynamite

  41. It happened to my friend and he almost lost his leg he is crippled for life now that happened about 4 or 5 years ago you don’t fuck with tires and air

  42. A dozen years on, are folks still getting killed off this way? Let's be careful out there so we don't get hosed. Cheers!

  43. back in the sixties I saw a man killed like this he left the air connector on pumping air into the tyre I was just going out of the door when the man went over to check the tyre and bang he hit the celling and came down already dead .

  44. You Ever have 28 foot tall glass windowed
    roll up door come crashing down on you?
    It was in 1983 iat a Santa Clara tire shop at closing time.
    Good thing that my elementary school tought us the ATOM BOMB "Duck And Cover" manuver.
    or i would have died that day. 😬 😮

  45. first story, still cant figure out why he didnt take the rim apart on the hub or at the very least deflated it before you start un-doing nuts! yes, i was a tyre fitter in the past and seen some accidents myself with split rims and such

  46. When I was in the army from 1989 to 1992 they had the split ring on the 2 1/2 ton truck tires one blew off inside the tire Cage it was just luck no one got hurt

  47. When I was 18 years old ( late 70's) I just started a part time job at a service center. A semi pulled up and wanted air added to a tire that was on the truck. Vic the older mechanic was right there but ask me to do it. I did it and went on with my duties. Not until years later did I discover just how dangerous that was when no cages were required. Vic if your out there and you see this, FUCK YOU!

  48. Those workers were not properly trained. Or else they were just stupid. When I was in the army we used those cages when airing up a split rim tire. That retaining ring can pop out on you. You don't want your arm in the way if that hapens. They showed pictures of the injuries caused by doing things wrong.

  49. Tars keelt a lot of folks. Especially when all trucks were split rim. I've seen semi trailers on the interstate shuck the whole tread 30 ft in the air. Luckily nobody was around it. They keel folks more than we're told. You ever hear a semi tar knocking when you pass, give it a wide berth. It's finta shuck the tread.

  50. In Valparaiso Indiana in 2010…..one man was killed when the locking ring on the rear of a cement truck blew off and hit him in the back of his head.His widow told me the crew were calling into the office….. asking how much air do these tires take.People said it was just a freak accident.Sad way to make her a rich woman.Lovely lady too…!!

  51. I always cringe when I see people igniting an explosive gas to seat the tire on a rim. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63RAFk1Ae84

  52. I saw one split rim or whatever they call it on a 16" or larger truck tire which was being changed; The tire service operator had left it laying and someone picked it up and began charging it with air; I was cautious to stay of separation path and in moments I was on the radio calling for an ambulance ( him not me ) ••• seems to me i do not see why these things remain seated just because it inflates in the cage;

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