Ocular trauma from ballast fluid after a tractor tire explosion

P. S. Thorne, P. Subramanian, J. E. Sutphin, M. E. O'Neill, R. Rautiainen, S. J. Reynolds, J. A. Merchant

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This study was carried out to investigate a preventable eye injury case in which a tire service employee was blinded while observing the charging of ballast fluid into a tractor tire on a farm. In vivo toxicology studies demonstrated that the ballast fluid administered without force could not reproduce the severity of injury observed in the patient. It appears that a combination of physical trauma and hyperosmotic tissue damage was the mechanism of injury. Early treatment by aggressive irrigation with water or saline in the field may have reduced the severity of the injury and prevented the patient's blindness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages14
Specialist publicationJournal of agricultural safety and health
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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