Tragic Accident Kills Bumble Bee Factory Worker
A 62 year old employee of the Bumble Bee tuna seafood plant in California suffered a bizarre death when he was discovered locked inside a machine that steams seafood.
Jose Malena, who had worked for the company since 2006, was found by responding firefighting personnel inside an industrial oven in the plant and he could not be revived.
Police investigating the incident were called to the scene by an employee who dialed 911.
Officials are not ruling out foul play in Malena’s tragic death, saying that it was possible that he was fatally injured ahead of time elsewhere on the plant grounds, and then locked inside the steamer machine before his lifeless body was discovered.
“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,” Bumble Bee Foods spokesman Pat Menke said in a statement.
The area where Malena was found dead is normally used to steam cans of raw tuna in order to properly cook them and seal the packaging shut so that they are ready for distribution to grocery stores nationwide.
The plant is expected to open again Monday.