Tuna Processing Worker Dies in Steam Oven

By: From CNN
By: From CNN

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- California authorities are investigating the death of a worker in an oven at a Los Angeles-area tuna processing plant.

The victim, Jose Melena, was cooked to death in a steam oven at the Bumble Bee Foods plant in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday, said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Melena was a six-year veteran of the plant, which was shut down until Monday, the company said.

"The entire Bumble Bee Foods family is saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Melena family," the company said.

Monterroza said she could not disclose further details. Worker fatality investigations typically take three to four months to complete.

The plant is about 18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It processes and cans tuna loin. The steam ovens are used to remove excess oil from the fish and make it easier to separate skin and bone from edible meat, the company says.


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