Airport Contractor Dies in Santa Ana Airport Accident
SANTA ANA, CA (February 20, 2019)– A worker was killed Tuesday at John Wayne Airport near the 55 Freeway when a 4-foot tire exploded.
The accident happened around 11:30 a.m. near Gate 3 at John Wayne Airport. Two people were repairing a 4-foot-size tire on a jet bridge, the walkway that connects the terminal to the plane.
One worker was on top of the tire while the other was on the bottom. Soon after, the tire exploded. One of the workers was killed instantly, while the other walked away without injuries.
The force of the explosion caused a pipe to burst and set off the sprinklers in the workshop. Besides those damages, the explosion did not affect the operations of the airport.
The worker who died has not been identified. The two workers were not employees of the airport, but of a contractor called JBT. JBT said they are fully cooperating with the investigation into the accident.
Cal OSHA is expected at the airport Wednesday morning to launch an investigation. OSHA may examine whether the tire was faulty or if there was an issue with the repair.
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