Wheels of misfortune

WESTERN Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has reminded miners to regularly check all stub axles on graders after a recent spate of potentially serious incidents involving the wheels literally coming off during operations.

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A Grader tyre

According to DMIRS there have been seven incidents recently in the state where a grader's steering wheel has detached from the vehicle's stub axle, and one case involving a driving wheel.