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, after working there for 6 years.
The Whittier Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/TmJFyv ) Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.
Los Angeles county coroner’s office had a hard time identifying the body, due to intense body damage caused by being trapped in a pressure cooker.
Erika Monterroza is a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. She says it’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a “steamer machine.”
(How big is the steamer?)
The state agency has launched an investigation. Bumble Bee Foods spokesman Pat Menke expressed condolences to Melena’s family in a written statement. Menke says operations at the canning facility will be suspended.
And I thought I was under pressure at work. Jose ended up being put under so much pressure it literally killed him. Well done, Bumble Bee Tuna. The occupational health & safety standards at your plants might leave a lot to be desired.
R.I.P. Jose Melena.
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