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COAL MINE FATALITY - On Sunday July 30, 2006, a 30-year old contractor with 10 years of welding experience was fatally injured when an inflated truck tire and wheel assembly exploded. The victim was performing welding and grinding on the wheel when the accident occurred. The victim had been employed by the trucking contractor for 23 days.

Photo of wheel assembly described in this fatalgram

Best Practices
  • Never apply heat to any rim or rim/hub assembly that has an inflated or deflated tire mounted on it.
  • Never attempt to rework, weld, heat or braze wheel parts unless specifically provided for by the manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Provide a tire and rim safety training program for all personnel working on or around tires and rims.
  • More Information E-mail Suggestion for Accident Prevention Program Submit your own suggestion for a remedy to prevent this type of accident in the future.
    Please specify if you wish your submission to be anonymous or whether your name may be used. Please include the year of the fatality and the fatality number.

    This is the 37th fatality reported during calendar year 2006 in the coal mining industry. As of this date in 2005, there were ten fatalities reported in coal mining. This is the first fatality classified as Exploding Vessel under Pressure in 2006. At this time in 2005, there were no fatalities in this classification.

    The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determinations regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the fatality.

    For more information:
    Fatal Alert Bulletin Icon MSHA's Fatal Accident Investigation Report