Tag Archives: worker safety

How to Stay Safe in Confined Spaces

Confined spaces pose a significant danger if not approached with care. In 2009, a welder who entered a fermentation tank to seal a crack set himself on fire when he lit his blowtorch in the space, which was oversaturated with oxygen. In 2011, a fermentation tank exploded at a Vermont brewery. (Of course, confined spaces are a risk for reasons other than air quality. In 2010 alone, close to 30 people died in grain entrapment incidents in the United States.) Read More…

Do Your Workers Know Your Brewery Emergency Response Plan?

Business owners already know the importance of having an emergency action plan to help them respond quickly in the event of a natural disaster, work-related injury, or other incident. But Beall Brewery Insurance would like to suggest that brewery owners and operators also have in place a brewery Emergency Response Plan that offers workers a framework to help them respond swiftly and successfully to an emergency. Read More…

Lightning Safety & the Craft Brewery

Beall Brewery Insurance reports that, according to the National Lightning Safety Institute, one of the most common troubles facing US businesses today are problems resulting from lightning. A Carnegie-Mellon study found that lightning affects a full third of all US businesses—more than are affected by lightning than by flood, fire, explosion, hurricane, earthquake, or violence. Read More…

Quiet Down!

Beall Brewery Insurance reports that about 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous sound levels on the job, according to data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Read More…

Focus on the Forklift

Beall Brewery Insurance reports that, according to OSHA, forklifts cause an estimated 85 fatal accidents per year. That’s in addition to 34,900 accidents that result in serious injury and 61,800 that are non-serious. Read More…

Brewery Safety: Managing Hazardous Chemicals

Breweries don’t require large supplies or varieties of chemicals in order to function. But they do use cleaners and sanitizers to keep brewery equipment safe to operate. Those materials can cause serious injury if they come in contact with skin and are not immediately washed off. Similarly, breweries may keep some flammable liquids on hand (for instance, blends of isopropyl alcohol for sanitizing brewery equipment). Read More…