During harvest, bottling and special events/festivals, many wineries utilize volunteers to help. While this can be a cost efficient form of adding extra labor, it also presents your winery with additional liability. By allowing volunteers to help with your winery operations, you become liable for any bodily injury or property damage that occurs to or in conjunction with the volunteers. In order to protect yourself, we suggest having each volunteer sign a volunteer waiver form or "Prospective Release, Indemnity, & Hold Harmless Agreement." We've drafted up a form you can download below and encourage you to use it the next time your winery utilizes volunteers.
*Please consult your attorney before utilizing this form to ensure it follows effective legal protocols and language.
The article below as originally found on www.craftbrewingbusiness.com, written by Chris Crowell and published on 8/7/14.
It examines the particular case of 10 Barrel Brewing Co's recall and paints an excellent picture of a why Liability Insurance is a MUST for Breweries...
"10 Barrel Brewing Co. conducted a voluntary recall of two of its beers, Swill and Beer #1 from its number series, after discovering that some of the product may be experiencing secondary fermentation in the bottle, causing over carbonation. As a precaution, 10 Barrel Brewing removed all inventory of Swill from its wholesalers and retail shelves and asked that customers immediately dispose of any Swill already purchased.
“Swill is brewed with a completely different process than any of our other beers, isolating this issue to only Swill,” the company noted in its recall notice. “This recall does not affect any of 10 Barrel Brewing’s other products and we’re completely confident that all of our other beers are of the highest quality.”
10 Barrel also added this:
Consumers: if you have any Swill in your home, please do not open it, attempt to transport it, or return it to your retail store. Dispose of the product by following these steps: (i) Before disposing of any bottles of Swill, please put on protective gloves and eye wear; (ii) Place all remaining Swill bottles in a closed box and place immediately in a secured dumpster or trash container outside.
“We take the utmost pride in producing an extremely high quality product and continuously striving for new and innovative beers to send to the consumer. Unfortunately in this instance, despite a rigorous testing and brewing quality-‐check process, we didn’t hit the mark,” the company stated.
So, what was the problem? Apparently it stems from an enzyme the team was using that was meant to break down complex starch strains and reinvigorate early fermentation in some of its sour beers."
Hopefully, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. was insured, because if anyone DID get injured by their over-carbonated beers, they could be on the hook for a lot of money. To learn more about Liability Insurance and other coverages we can provide your brewery, contact us for a quote BY CLICKING HERE.