Bumble Bee cited in death at Santa Fe Springs tuna plant
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Bumble Bee Foods has been cited and fined following a state investigation into the death of a worker who was cooked to death at a Santa Fe Springs tuna processing plant.
The Daily News says the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued six citations carrying nearly $74,000 in fines. The agency cited five workplace safety violations deemed “serious” and one deemed “general.”
The investigation stemmed from the October death of 62-year-old Jose Melena, whose body was found inside an industrial pressure cooker.
Cal/OSHA determined Bumble Bee failed to take proper safety precautions or properly assess the danger posed to its employees while working inside the large ovens.
San Diego-based Bumble Bee acknowledged receiving the citations and said it is cooperating with authorities.