Melena was apparently cooked in an oven at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. An industrial oven that is being referred to as a “steamer machine”. It is a mystery as to how Jose Melena ended up inside the industrial cooker.
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Police received a call shortly before 7am last Thursday from the plant. No details were released on who discovered the body.
Bumble Bee Food’s Vice President of Human Resources, Pat Menke, offered condolences to the family and released a statement. He said,
The entire Bumble Be Foods family is saddened by the tragic loss of our colleagues, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Melena family
Bumble Bee foods has suspended operations at their Santa Fe Springs processing plant while they investigate the tragic death of Melena.
Naturally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the tragic incident at Bumble Bee Foods to see if any California health and safety regulations were violated.
Industrial accidents, while tragic can and do occur even after all of the training workers undergo.
Last week at the Nucor Steel plant property in Norfolk, Nebraska, one man was killed and another injured when they were struck by a large piece of steel.
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Perry Hoemann, an independent contractor, was killed instantly and Harold “Junior” Claussen was injured.
According to the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office, Hoemann and Claussen were cutting a counter weight made of steel off the old piece of machinery when the weight broke loose and struck them and the payloader they were standing in.
Sadly, both of the men had their lives cut short due to an industrial accident.