A worker was killed in October 2017 after being struck in the face by an exploding wheel and tyre. Initial inquiries indicate that the worker attempted to weld up a small leak in the truck wheel, whilst the tyre was still pressurised.
The welding appears to have caused an internal combustion blowing the wheel off the tyre. The wheel hit the worker, killing him instantly, before travelling 5.5 metres into the air, going through the roof and landing some 23 metres away.
The wheel was a single piece design, not a split or multi-piece rim.

Worker killed by exploding wheel and tyre – worksafe.qld.gov.au

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Last Updated: 17/02/2020 04:57:14pm