Nile K. Arnold, mechanic/welder, age 64, was fatally injured at about 3:45 p.m. on August 28, 1998, when a wheel rim exploded while he was inflating a truck tire. He died on August 30, 1998. Arnold had a total of 30 years experience as a mechanic/welder at this employer’s construction and mining operations. He had not received training in accordance with 30 CFR Part 48.

MSHA learned of the accident at 2:40 p.m., on September 1, 1998, by a telephone call from the local office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They had been notified by the New York State Police. An investigation was started the following day.

The Seymour Road Pit, a surface sand and gravel operation, owned and operated by Douglas R. Rushford Trucking, was located at Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York. The principal operating official was Douglas R. Rushford, owner. The plant was normally operated one, 8-hour shift a day, five days a week. A total of three persons was employed.

Sand and gravel were extracted by front-end loader from single bench pits. The material was loaded onto trucks and transported to the plant where it was crushed and sized. Processed material was used in Rushford’s construction business. The last regular inspection of this operation was completed on July 10, 1990. Since that time, the mine has operated intermittently. MSHA had not been notified that it was currently operating. A regular inspection was conducted following this investigation.

MSHA – Metal and Nonmetal Mine Fatal Accident Investigation Report_ 08_23_1998 – Exploding Vessels Under Pressure – Surface – Iron Ore – MN – Minnesota Ore Operations USX

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