I have been fined because of a beer leak

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Hi I was tapping a keg for the first time with a colleague. He has had training I have not. Unbeknownst to us there was a slow leak that over the ensuing five days lost the brewery the whole keg. They have now fined us both £150 each with immediate effect. Can they do this? I’ve been asked to do a job I’ve never done before and with no training

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  1. You haven’t said where the leak is coming from, no matter. If you haven’t been shown how to change a keg then the onus would be on your employer to show you how to do it properly.

    https://www.inndoctor.co.uk/changing-a-keg-of-beer/

    It sounds as if your employer is annoyed with you for losing so much beer and has put the frighteners on you. However if the loss is from a 50ltr container then £300 would be the full retail price, which wouldn’t be right.

    You won’t have been the first person to do this and you certainly won;t be last, I’m assuming you left a shut off valve slightly open on the cellarbuoy, which are a poor design anyway. Really I suppose it is all down the type of employer you have, if he cools down and if you want to keep your job.Good luck.

  2. What! That’s £300 for the cost of a keg! So presumably the keg was on service and beer was being sold from it,so all the beer wasn’t lost.
    Seems a little over the top to say the least.

  3. Thank you very much guys. I’m going to phone the Legal Hour this week on LBC Radio I think. Meanwhile Your postings may produce some results.

    Many thanks

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