San Diego Man Killed in Workplace Accident at Brewery

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Officials have confirmed that a forklift accident over the weekend left a 27-year-old man dead at an Escondido brewery.

CBS San Diego reports that the victim, identified as Matthew Courtright following notification of his family, was a brewer for the Stone Brewing Company facility located at 1999 Citracado Parkway in Escondido, San Diego County. Courtright was on the job when the fatal accident occurred, just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 24.

The county medical examiner’s office released a report on Sunday stating that the forklift Courtright was operating rolled for unknown reasons, pinning the driver beneath the machine. The victim sustained major injuries to the chest, and was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where a short time later he was pronounced dead.

Operations and tours of the Stone Brewing Co. facility were shut down temporarily on Sunday to allow for a preliminary investigation, but resumed on Monday, reports CBS.

Sabrina LoPiccolo, the brewing company’s public relations specialist, released a statement on Sunday concerning the incident. The statement expressed the company’s condolences to the family of the victim, and indicated Stone Brewing Co.’s intent to withhold commenting on the situation until the investigation is concluded.

The company also observed a 24-hour period of social media silence beginning on Monday morning in honor of Courtright, the statement said.

Police have investigated the scene, and stated that officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will handle the ongoing investigation, which could take up to six months, according to the CBS report.

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