Crown Equipment Corp., an industrial-truck dealership in Woburn, Mass., has been cited by OSHA in the injury of an employee hit by a split rim tire when the tire exploded during servicing.
OSHA has fined the dealership $62,355 because it “failed to provide adequate training and safeguards to protect employees while they serviced rim wheels.”
The citations covered the company’s failure to:
- 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.
- Ensure that each employee demonstrated the 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.
See OSHA's document, Serving Multipiece & Single-Piece Rim Wheels, below. Also see "Tire Safety Protects Life, Limbs, and Equipment."