Man Cooked Alive With 12,000 Pounds Of Tuna

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Yesterday Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged with felony safety violations after an employee was burned alive in an industrial pressure cooker.

According to the Associated Press, the company, its plant operations director and its former safety manager were each charged with three counts of violating Occupational Safety & Health Administration rules causing death.

The LA Times Reported (Via Gawker)

“On Oct. 11, 2012, Jose Melena, 62, entered a 35-foot oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs plant to make a repair inside the machine, which is used to sterilize thousands of cans of tuna at a time.

Unaware that Melena was inside the oven, other plant workers loaded several carts that altogether held about 12,000 pounds of tuna, shut the door and turned on the oven, prosecutors said.

Temperatures peaked at around 270 degrees, and Melena cooked to death, prosecutors said. His charred remains were found by another plant worker.”

Prosecutors are claiming that any fine that Bumble Bee pay could be well over $1million. 

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