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Redhook Brewery employee dies from exploding keg accident

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by Todd, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Todd

    Todd BA Founder Staff Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Update (4/27):
    The following is a statement from Redhook Brewery.
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    Update:
    The employee's name has been released. Ben Harris (26), a newlywed with a child on the way. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife and the rest of his family.

    http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120425-NEWS-120429844

    In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contribution be made to the: The Alysha Miller Harris Baby Fund c/o TD Bank, 20 International Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801, (603) 430-3812, to benefit his unborn child.

    http://www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com/fh..._id=1464439&fh_id=11813#.T5iDWewMiMW.facebook

    ###

    A tragic day for the beer community. This morning at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire a keg failed, exploded and critically injured an employee. He sustained serious injuries to his chest and head, and unfortunately passed away.

    Our thoughts go out to the employee, his family, friends and everyone at Redhook.

    http://www.wmur.com/newsarchive/30946163/detail.html

    http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120424-NEWS-120429891

    http://portsmouth-nh.patch.com/articles/redhook-employee-critically-injured-by-exploding-keg

    (Reposted as the condition of the employee changed.)
  2. foobula

    foobula Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    How tragic :(

    Condolences to everyone affected. And 'thank you' to all the brewers from whose sweat and skill we benefit.
  3. HopsJunkiedotcom

    HopsJunkiedotcom Member

    Location:
    Florida
    God, that's awful. Raising a pint to that poor guy and his family tonight.
  4. somenerd

    somenerd Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Such a heartbreaking story. My thoughts are with the man's family, friends, and the Red Hook crew.
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  5. smutty33

    smutty33 Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Wow,terrible news.Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.:(
  6. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Member

    Location:
    California
    oh no i made another thread about it :/ sorry!!

    that is such a sad thing to hear
  7. Vav

    Vav Member

    Location:
    Illinois
  8. RBCORCORAN

    RBCORCORAN Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends. Such a tragic shame.
  9. dsal89

    dsal89 Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Wow.

    That is terrible to hear :(

    THoughts are going out to his family
  10. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Awful, awful news. My heart goes to Redhook and everyone affected.
  11. sullenbee

    sullenbee Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    That is awful. My condolences to his friends, family, and coworkers.
  12. StuartCarter

    StuartCarter Member

    Location:
    Alabama
    joining in the condolences for the family and co-workers. This is truly awful to hear :(
  13. frazbri

    frazbri Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Sad news. Prayers and thoughts to his family, friends and coworkers.
  14. fishtremble

    fishtremble Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    My heart goes out to friends and family left behind.
  15. TWStandley

    TWStandley Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Terrible news, I drive by Redhook every day on my way to work. Will raise a few glasses to him and his family. I am hoping he was passionate about beer and therefore at least passed away doing something he loved. Truly tragic.
  16. BerkBrewJ

    BerkBrewJ Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Our prayers and condolences to the worker's family and everyone at Redhook Northeast

    Jason Hunter
    Berkshire Brewing
  17. Retail1LO

    Retail1LO Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Well...shit. That sucks.
  18. cavedave

    cavedave Member

    Location:
    New York
    In every great enterprise their is danger and tragedy. Raising a glass in his honor.
  19. NWer

    NWer Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Very very sad indeed. A special bond with my home town of Ballard (Seattle neighborhood) where Redhook got its start. I cut my craft teeth imbibing on a Ballard Bitter many years ago.
    My thoughts and prayers to his family.
  20. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Member

    Location:
    Wyoming
    I drank a lot of Ballard Bitter myself.

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends. I'm not a brewer but I feel like I've lost a member of the family.:(
  21. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Member

    Location:
    Vermont
  22. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Member

    Location:
    Vermont
  23. Todd

    Todd BA Founder Staff Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Update http://twitter.com/Redhook_Brewery
  24. joepais

    joepais Member

    Location:
    Maine
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  25. SteelersX

    SteelersX Member

    Location:
    New York
    Wow,
    That absolutely sucks!
  26. tai4ji2x

    tai4ji2x Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    damn... RIP man... :(
  27. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    This is terrible news
  28. AtrumAnimus

    AtrumAnimus Member

    Location:
    Texas
    What a tragic loss with such terrible timing and missing out on the joy of fatherhood. I cna only wish the best for his wife and unborn child.
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  29. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Member

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    You don't go to work in that field and even consider such an outcome. My wife and I have our third children coming in July and this story really saddens me. My heart hurts for his wife and parents.
  30. FrankLloydMike

    FrankLloydMike Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    This is an incredibly sad and tragic accident. Seacoast Beverage Lab has a note from Redhook about the tragedy. Apparently, Ben Harris, who was killed, had worked at Redhook for seven years and his wife also works there. It's an illustration of the community that surrounds craft beer--unfortunately an unbelievably sad illustration, in this case.
  31. airbag11

    airbag11 Member

    Location:
    New York
    Man...my heart goes out to his fam and friends. Craft beer lost a brother and a good man.
  32. evilc

    evilc Member

    Location:
    California
    The detail lists plastic keg. Do these have a greater occurence of such an event?
  33. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    :( life is so unfair...as if the story isn't tragic enough, having a child on the way is truly a further kick in the zipper, just horrible.
  34. dauss

    dauss Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Plastic kegs are relatively new to the market. The usage percentage is very small when compared to steel kegs. There are few companies that are manufacturing plastic kegs, so it is difficult to say if there are many "near-miss" events or other reliability issues with these types of kegs.
  35. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    My deepest condolences to the family and his coworkers. We tend not to think of brewing as job with risk, but the risk is there as with any job that requires manual labor. Hats off to all of you whose line of work has any risk of accidental injury associated with it. You guys keep the world moving. ;)
  36. Ungertaker

    Ungertaker Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    Plastic is not at all safe for pressurized fluids if there is a potential for trapped air. I work as a pipefitter and witnessed an explosion firsthand. We were putting a pressure test on a PVC piping system. As the system was filling with water, a fellow pipefitter was tightening bolts on a flange attached to a fitting. After the flange was properly tightened, the fitting exploded (the system was not fitted with a device to bleed the air from the system during the fill). The pipefitter reacted by rolling down the hill the chiller sat atop. If he had not moved, the shard that grazed his face would have likely caused severe injury. After the refinery's invetigation, the determination was made that air trapped in the system caused the explosion to occur.

    Please, if any of you work with plastic (either at home or on the job), be extremely careful. If you use it for brewing or storage of beer, I urge you to stop; the fermentation process can cause pressure to build up to dangerous levels that plastic cannot handle.

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ben's family and friends after this tragic occurance.
  37. Hopscotch

    Hopscotch Member

    awful. wish I hadn't opened this thread. truly horrible

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