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Post date: 04/25/2012 - 02:16

Worker Dies Filling Kegs

Redhook Employee Killed in Keg Explosion
Hospital confirms brewery worker died this morning after suffering injuries from a keg that exploded in his face.

By Robert Cook
Portsmouth Police are at the scene of a workplace injury at Redhook Brewery

PORTSMOUTH, NH – A hospital spokeswoman confirmed just after noon today that the Redhook worker who was injured when a beer keg exploded in his face died this morning.

Redhook Employee Killed in Keg Explosion
Hospital confirms brewery worker died this morning after suffering injuries from a keg that exploded in his face.

By Robert Cook
Portsmouth Police are at the scene of a workplace injury at Redhook Brewery

PORTSMOUTH, NH – A hospital spokeswoman confirmed just after noon today that the Redhook worker who was injured when a beer keg exploded in his face died this morning.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Notis could not provide any other details about the Redhook worker's death, only that he succumbed to his injuries sometime after he was transported to the hospital by Portsmouth firefighters.

Neither Redhook officials nor Portsmouth Police have released the name of the Redhook employee at this time.

Andy Thomas, Redhook's president of commercial operations, issued the following statement on the tragedy shortly before 2 p.m.:

"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."

Many people have already posted notes on Facebook and Twitter offering prayers for the worker and his family.

"Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all," one person said.

"Thinking about the entire Red Hook family," said another.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an inspection following today's incident, according to Ted Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the agency.

"The purpose of OSHA's inspection is to determine which workplace safety standards apply in this situation and whether or not the employer complied with those standards," Fitzgerald said in an email. "If the inspection determines there were violations, OSHA could issue citations to and propose fines for the employer."

He said OSHA will have nothing further to say until its inspection is complete, and it is too early to estimate when that might be.