Worker dies after being cooked in tuna plant oven

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Updated: 10/12/2012 6:48 pm

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods

The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found Thursday shortly before 7 a.m. at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman Erika Monterroza says it's unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a "steamer machine."

The state department has launched an investigation into the accident.

In a written statement, Bumble Bee Foods spokesman Pat Menke expressed condolences to Melena's family and says operations at the canning facility will be suspended at the plant until Monday.


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maddyo says so - 10/16/2012 7:58 AM
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yummy, I have a tuna on rye.

kdavis52 - 10/13/2012 11:18 AM
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Was it really an accident? Call "Bones". She could figure it out. Wait...maybe that could be one of their next episodes. On a sober side of it, Why was he by himself? Safety first he should have had a partner with him all of the time. I had the nice experience of seeing the aftermath of someone that tried to troubleshoot a mold injection machine while everyone was at lunch. The only thing I could think of doing was keeping other people from returning to work while the paramedics worked on the unfortunate person who later passed. He made the safety mistake of lifting his head while the machine was in motion. Another person saw it happen and had run to push the stop button but it was too late.

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