A seafood plant employee died Thursday after he was cooked in an oven in an industrial accident, authorities said Friday. Bumble Bee Foods officials identified the man as Jose Melena, a 6-year employee of the business. He was 62 years old, according to Whittier police.
The incident took place shortly before 7 a.m. at Bumble Bee Foods, 13100 Arctic Circle, Whittier police officials said in a written statement. The initial investigation indicated that, "he was fatally injured when he was cooked in an oven," California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman Erika Monterroza said. Cal-OSHA has launched an investigation into the the circumstances of what officials are calling an accident.
The cooking device that injured the man was described in coroner's documents as a "steamer machine," Dietz said.
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