RedHook Brewery had a tragedy at the brewery today. A brewery worker was killed when one of their kegs exploded.
The worker, who has not yet been identified, was a man in his 20s or early 30s, said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Achilles. According to the assistant fire chief, the employee had been pressurizing kegs with air as part of a cleaning process to remove residual beer from them.
“The keg failed and exploded and he was injured by parts of the keg,” Achilles said.
A few news outlets are reporting that the worker suffered head and chest injuries after the keg failed and ruptured into to pieces. Both Redhook and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms are investigating. The worker has yet to be identified. [SeacoastOnline]
RedHook Brewery gave this statement regarding the tragedy:
We are saddened by the tragic event that occurred at the Portsmouth brewery this morning resulting in the death of one of our employees. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family. Out of respect for his family we are not releasing his name at this time.
We are doing everything in our power to understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident, and have closed down all non-essential operations at the Portsmouth brewery, including the pub, while the investigation continues.
We believe it would not be appropriate to comment further until the investigation is concluded. Our sympathy is with his family and everyone touched by the tragedy.
VP of Commercial Operations