Bumble Bee cited in death at Calif. tuna plant

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Updated: 5/09/2013 12:37 pm

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Bumble Bee Foods has been cited and fined following a state investigation into the death of a worker who was cooked to death at a Santa Fe Springs tuna processing plant.

The Daily News says the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued six citations carrying nearly $74,000 in fines. The agency cited five workplace safety violations deemed "serious" and one deemed "general."

The investigation stemmed from the October death of 62-year-old Jose Melena, whose body was found inside an industrial pressure cooker.

Cal/OSHA determined Bumble Bee failed to take proper safety precautions or properly assess the danger posed to its employees while working inside the large ovens.

San Diego-based Bumble Bee acknowledged receiving the citations and said it is cooperating with authorities.


Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, http://www.dailynews.com


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eword - 5/11/2013 4:13 PM
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This is just the Osha fine, there is still going to be a civil lawsuit.

soshaljustic - 5/10/2013 9:49 AM
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I recently purchased a three-pack of BB tuna. Now, I find out the CAL/OSHA fine for cooking a person is a mere 70+K I am appalled. No doubt Bumble Bee will write this off on their taxes as the cost of doing business in the state. Let the oligarchy rule the little people as the legislatures across the nation make it easier to do business in the states when giving our lives away. No need worry about those rules to keep workers safe, they are expendable, CAN always get another worker to take da place! TORT REFORM!! SO NO NEED TO PAY SO MUCH FOR WORKERS THAT DIE ON THE JOB!! ---- THE COMPANY RULES THE PEOPLE OF THE USA!! TILL THEY COOK YOU!!! THAT IS WHY WE STILL NEED UNIONS!! just in case you were ever wondering!!

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