Tire rim explodes on skidder

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Northern Interior of BC
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
D Fehr Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A skidder operator was working when suddenly he heard a loud “BOOM”. He stopped right away and got out of his machine to see what happened and discovered one of his front rims had exploded and was split in half.

The rim was installed on the skidder only days before the incident, but no obvious cracks or breaks were noticed.

Had somebody been working on the rim or tire when it exploded, it could have caused serious injuries or death.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Before working on a tire or rim always very carefully inspect rim
  • Never stand directly beside the tire when tire is being filled with air
  • Never exceed maximum air rating on tires.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tyson von den Steinen RPF Manager, Safety & Continuous Improvement Forest Management Group, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.




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Safety_Alert-D Fehr Contracting Ltd-Skidder Rim Explodes-Dec 2-2017.pdf
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