The Tire Industry Association (TIA) and Michelin Americas Truck Tires have created a new training video for fleet maintenance personnel and drivers. Twenty minutes long, it’s entitled ‘Wheel End Safety’ and provides installation and inspection guidelines. It addresses several related topics, but the primary focus is to help fleets prevent wheel-off accidents and wheel-end fires.
The video is available as a free download on both the TIA and Michelin websites.
Among other things, the video addresses the dangers of welding on rims and includes dramatic footage that clearly demonstrates the risks of this dangerous practice.
In order to illustrate the danger of a wheel-off incident, TIA and Michelin engineers created a controlled test at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds in South Carolina, where the tire and wheel assemblies could be filmed after they separated from a trailer. After several successful attempts, a parked car was placed in the path so multiple cameras could record the dramatic footage.