Stone Brewery Worker Matthew Courtright Killed in Forklift Accident

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From UT San Diego:

ESCONDIDO — A Stone Brewing Co. employee suffered fatal injuries when the forklift he was operating overturned Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The accident occurred at the beer brewery and restaurant on Citricado Parkway as the employee, a 27-year-old brewer, was driving the forklift, Escondido police said.

The forklift overturned and pinned the driver. He suffered major injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where he died shortly before 5 p.m., a Medical Examiner’s investigator said.

No other details about the incident were available.

This update from Stone:

It is with a very heavy heart that we communicate a tragedy involving one of our valued friends and Team Stone colleagues. We are deeply saddened that one of our own passed away from complications resulting from a forklift accident at our Escondido brewery on Saturday, August 24. Our deepest condolences go out to the team member’s family. Out of respect for the team member’s loved ones, we are not releasing the individual’s name at this time.

We have launched an investigation and are working with authorities to determine the cause of the accident. In the interim, we have closed down brewing operations as well as tours of the brewery today (Sunday, August 25) and anticipate resuming all operations Monday, August 26.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido will remain open as will Stone Company Store – Escondido. People expecting to take a tour of the brewery today will be offered a guided beer tasting at the bar located inside Stone Company Store.

We will refrain from commenting further until additional details and information is acquired and the investigation into this incident is complete. Thank you for the outpouring of support we have already received. Our sympathy is with the family and everyone affected by this tragedy.

For customers who are scheduled to visit the Escondido facility Sunday, August 25, either to take a brewery tour or dine at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido, please call us 760.294.7899 for information regarding your reservation.

imageUPDATE 26 Aug 2013:  The fallen worker has now been identified as Brewer Matthew Courtright.


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