PhotoA worker at a Bumble Bee seafood plant was cooked to death in a large industrial oven last week. Jose Melena, 62, had worked at the Santa Fe Springs plant for six years.

"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.

“The entire Bumble Bee Foods family is saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Melena family,” Pat Menke, the company’s vice president of human resources, said in a statement. 

"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."


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