NH brewery worker dies after keg explodes

Posted April 24, 2012, at 2:40 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A worker died of injuries suffered when a beer keg exploded at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, N.H.

Nancy Notis of Portsmouth Regional Hospital confirmed the worker died Tuesday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Achilles said the worker, whose name has not been released, was found unresponsive in the loading dock area shortly after 7 a.m. He said the man had been filling kegs with air as part of a cleaning process that removes residual beer from them when one exploded. Achilles said the worker suffered chest and head injuries.

Company President Andy Thomas said Redhook is doing everything in its power to understand the circumstances surrounding the accident, and has closed down all nonessential operations, including the pub.

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