Tuna Factory Death: Employee Jose Malena Cooked To Death In Santa Fe Springs

By Staff Reporter on October 15, 2012 10:38 AM EDT

An employee at the Bumble Bee Foods tuna factory of Santa Fe Springs was found dead after being cooked to death at the plant.

Reported as an accident that occurred at approximately 7 a.m., the body of Jose Malena, 62, was found inside an industrial cooking device known as a “steamer machine.” Paramedics declared Malena dead at the scene.

Certainly a rare incident, spokesperson Pat Menke of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) said that it’s still unclear how Malena, an employee of over 6 years at the plant, ended up inside the device.

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Menke said in a statement, “The entire Bumble Bee Foods family is saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Malena family.”

Operations were suspended Thursday morning at the 13100 block Arctic Circle Bumble Bee Foods Factory of Santa Fe Springs. Cal-OSHA investigators have also launched an extensive investigation to determine whether the Bumble Bee Factory has violated any health and safety regulations.

[Source: CBS]

Jose Malena [KCAL9 HD video still]
Jose Malena [KCAL9 HD video still]


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