An incident occurred at a packed products site involving a redundant JCB loading shovel that had been sold via E-auction to a third party. An employee of the third party company (“the injured person - IP”), which now owned the loading shovel, arrived on-site with a low loader to collect the machine. The IP was a 46 year old male who was an experienced low loader driver.
The loading shovel required three of the four tyres to be inflated before it could be driven onto the low loader. The IP reversed the tractor unit up to the loading shovel and attached an airline to the on-board compressor to inflate the tyres.
Having inflated the rear offside tyre, the IP started inflating the front offside tyre. As pressure in the tyre increased, it was forced off the wheel hub and the sealing/locking ring was projected off the wheel hub, striking the IP.
Site first aid attended to the IP and the emergency services were called. The IP was airlifted to hospital for treatment and subsequently transferred to a second hospital for emergency surgery. Sadly, he died later in hospital from his injuries.
Investigation of the incident revealed the following:
- Tyre was being inflated using the tractor unit on-board compressor and an airline that did not have any gauge, remote operating controls or any way of regulating pressure.
- Tyres were being inflated from flat whilst still attached to the machine and no restraints used.
- The IP had positioned himself in an area of danger.