Worker Cooked to Death at Tuna Plant

Not clear how Jose Melena ended up inside 'steamer machine'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 13, 2012 4:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say a 62-year-old employee has been cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. Local media report that Jose Melena was found shortly before 7am Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs. It's not clear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a "steamer machine," says a spokesperson for California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which has launched an investigation. Operations at the canning facility will be suspended until Monday.

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