Three workers were injured when a piece of equipment failed at Crostwater Distilled Spirits in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania. Shortly after 10 AM Friday, fire and hazmat crews arrived on the scene at 506 Industrial Drive. York County 911 received reports of an explosion or structure fire but officials say there was no fire at the scene. Three workers were taken to local hospitals for treatment of mild to moderate chemical burn injuries.
Fairview Township officials say the equipment failure caused the pressurized release of a “75% vinegar acid-based chemical.” The chemical is used in the distilling process to make whiskey and rum.
Crostwater, which opened in 2016, is a brand of spirits that includes vodka, rum, gin, rye whiskey, and bourbon whiskey. The location is also home to KLYR Rum at Holy Water Distillery.
Third-Party Liability in a Work Injury Lawsuit
When a worker is injured on the job during the course and scope of their employment, they have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits from their employer. Unlike in a personal injury lawsuit, most workers’ compensation payments are minimal and may not fully cover the cost of medical bills and lost income. In some cases, a worker may also bring a third-party liability claim, which would allow the worker to sue a third-party (such as the outside manufacturer or provider of defective equipment) whose fault caused or contributed to their injuries.
An experienced injury attorney will be able to tell you if you have a third-party liability claim. In partnership with the Phoenix Society, the Pritzker Hageman Burn Injury Legal Team put together a handbook that covers important topics relating to legal action after a burn injury, including information on third-party liability.
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