Bumble Bee Pleads Guilty in Worker's Gruesome Oven Death
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Newser] by Evann Gastaldo - January 27, 2017
As charges related to the 2012 death of a worker in a Bumble Bee Foods oven began to wrap up Wednesday, a prosecutor called the case "the worst circumstances of death I have ever, ever witnessed." Bumble Bee Foods and Angel Rodriguez, director of plant operations at the time of the accident, each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Labor Code violation, MyNewsLA reports. Jose Melena, 62, had gone into a 35-foot-long cylindrical oven to make repairs when co-workers, unaware he was in the oven, trapped him inside when they loaded 12,000 pounds of canned tuna and then turned the oven on for a two-hour sterilization process. "I think any person would prefer to be, if they had to die some way … to be shot or stabbed than to be slowly cooked to death in an oven," the...
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