In October 2017 an Australian worker was killed after being struck in the face by an exploding tyre and wheel. The worker was said to have been welding a leak in a truck wheel while the tyre was still pressurised. Investigations have shown that this action caused the internal combustion, blowing the wheel off the tyre. The worker was killed instantly upon impact.
Incidents like this are not uncommon and often result in injuries or fatalities in the workplace. Therefore, it is important to have an understanding of how to prevent similar incidents.
Please view the incident alert for more information on prevention.