First Alert - Sidewall of Tire Splits as Employee was Filling with Air
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Type:  Just-In-Time Report

Publisher:  Savannah River Remediation, Savannah River, SC

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Vehicle Safety, Operations

An employee at the Savannah River Site was filling a tire on a government vehicle when the sidewall of the tire split. There were no injuries to personnel and the tire was destroyed. The employee said he noticed the tire was low on air while but did not think it would be a problem driving to another area to fill the tire.

Facility management responded and reviewed the scene. It was evident from wear marks on the sidewall of the tire that the tire was used while severely deflated causing the reinforcement material of the sidewall to fatigue and fail. The "low air pressure indicator" of the instrument panel was on. Air pressure in
the remaining tires was checked. All three were between 4 and 9 pounds low.

Recommendaiton: Do not operate vehicles with excessively low tire pressure. Notify Fleet Management and Fleet Management will send assistance (including possibly changing the tire).

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