Originally Posted by fjnardo
You know, I've heard of these types of injuries from tires, but hope to never see one. I've been a Paramedic for 13 years now and yes, there are calls that I too hope to forget sometime.
I drove trucks for years and was standing behind a tire repairman refilling my fixed tire with air once. It's those old lock ring truck tires that are so bad, if that ring isn't set right it'll blow off like a shotgun going off in your face. I watched this guy tap the ring with a small sledge hammer to be sure it was seated properly and that thing blew off, it went through the roof of the building and landed about 60 feet away out by the fuel pumps.
He never filled another tire without using the proper cage. I had a friend that ran a road service fixing truck flats, he always chained the tires before filling them to keep that lock ring from flying off and hitting him or someone passing by. I never will forget that one going through the roof, it blew off the air hose used to fill it so hard that when it hit my leg it left a mark there for weeks. We were both lucky!