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TIRE SAFETY

TIRE SAFETY

Tire pressure entails a serious risk of explosion, the highly powerful tire machines impose danger, and working with tires also features a number of other health risks. The tires have increased in terms of size and mass and, consequently, the tire pressures have also risen. Professional tire-industry employees handle an increasing number of tires featuring different sizes and technical properties every day. The most important thing is to recognize risks in advance and act efficiently to control them.

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TIRE TRANSPORTATION

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MOUNTING TIRES ON FOUR WHEEL DRIVE TRACTORS

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TiRES AND TiRE MARKINGS

The basic tire markings are outlined in tire norms. In addition, tires contain specific safety markings, such as the maximum pressure for seating on the rim and the maximum inflation pressure.

In case of uncertainty of a tire's suitability for a certain purpose, and any unclear situations, the tire manufacturer should be consulted. The maximum pressure for seating on the rim should also always be verified. If the tire is not properly seated on the rim, dismount the combination and find out the cause of the problem.

MOST COMMON MISTAKES

  1. Safety equipment is not used or safety instructions are not observed.
  2. Instructions and guidance provided are insufficient.
  3. When inflating a tire, people are in the danger zone in the proximity of the tire, and the seating of rim components is not controlled.
  4. The machine is not supported sufficiently, the tools are not appropriate.
  5. The tire has inner or structural defects that will cause it to explode at some stage of the tire operation

TECHNICAL MANUAL

Our technical manual is your tool for finding the right tire for your work. In addition to tire and supplementary item information, this manual focuses on the special necessities and requirements in each product category. The forestry section, for example, has a detailed guide on the right tire and inflation pressure choice by the application.

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WHEN SHOULD YOU DISCARD A TIRE?

You must discard tires with defects of such extent that they may impair the tire structure or pressure endurance, e.g. defects in the body plies or belts.

Tire SAFETY CARD

A nationwide system of tire safety card training has been established in Finland in order to improve the safety of tire operations.

The main goal of this training is to increase awareness of the risks and responsibilities related to tire operations and to provide guidance in using the right, safe work methods. The training particularly focuses on the risks related to mounting large, machine-category tires. Mechanics who successfully pass the training receive a tire safety card that remains valid for five years.

The tire safety card has proven to be surprisingly popular. One in four tire-industry mechanics has already acquired the card. It is the only industry-specific occupational safety pass.

The impact of the tire safety card can be seen at workplaces in the form of improvements in the general safety culture.

In addition to the general safety instructions, the country-specific rules and regulations issued by the site, employer and local authorities must be observed.

MOUNTING HEAVY TYRES

Heavy tires are mounted in various conditions. Usually, the mounting is done by specialized companies, but sometimes tire handling is necessary even in the middle of work, for example, in the forest.

The tire mounting process can be divided into the following steps:

  • Preparation and supporting the machine
  • Detaching the wheel and depressurizing or removing the filler from the tire
  • Dismounting the tire from rim
  • Mounting the tire on rim
  • Pressurizing the tire
  • Mounting the wheel on the machine or vehicle.
  • Every phase includes specific safety points. A key safety factor is inflation pressure. Wheels should always be dismounted and handled in a depressurized form.

A safety cage should always be used when pressurizing tires, both new and defective, in order to find the defective areas. Protective cages suitable for the handling of large machine tyres are not always available. In such cases, a sufficient safety distance must always be observed.