"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 Whittier Daily News reported.
The cooking device that injured the man was described in coroner's documents as a "steamer machine." How Melena wound up inside the cooker is still under investigation.
Details of the accident are still unclear. Santa Fe Springs Fire Department Division Chief Michael Crook said paramedics were called to the plant last week on a report of an industrial accident. They pronounced Melena dead at the scene.
"This is a horrendous tragedy," Monterroza said. "Once all the facts are gathered, at that point a determination will be made if California health and safety regulations were violated."