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Man Boiled To Death In Horrific Tuna Accident, Bumble Bee Foods Forced To Pay BIG TIME

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In 2012, an employee of Bumble Bee Foods died as a result of being cooked alive in an industrial oven. Now, years later, a settlement has finally been reached in the record sum of $6 million. This makes it the largest criminal prosecution case for safety violations in a workplace involving a single victim in California.

Jose Melena was doing some maintenance work on a large industrial oven at the canned-tuna factory in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. Another worker, believing Melena was on a break, filled the cooker with 12,000 pounds of tuna and turned on the machine.

When management noticed the 62-year-old employee was missing, they conducted a search across the plant and property. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) reports that Melena’s body was found two hours after. Tragically, the pressure cooker had already reached a temperature of 270 degrees Fahrenheit.

RT reports that the settle meant will be divided up into multiple parts.

  • The company will use $3 million to update any outdated tuna ovens and will bring in automated ones with video cameras, so that no worker will ever have to set foot inside the cookers again.
  • Melena’s family will receive $1.5 million in restituation.
  • Bumble Bee will also donate $750,000 to the Distrcit Attonrey’s Environmental Enforcement Fun for the investegation and the prosecution of OSHA criminal cases .
  • Finally, an additional $750,000 will go towards combined fees, court costs and penalties.

Bumble Bee Foods will also plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of willful failure to implement and maintain an effect safety program within 18 months of complying with the terms of the settlement agreement.

The two managers in charge at the time of Melena’s death were also charged with counts of OSHA violation.

 

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Major Canned Tuna Company Is Facing Charges After A Worker Gets Boiled Alive In A Vat Of Fish

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Jose Melena, an employee of Bumble Bee Seafoods, died in 2012 after being cooked alive with 12,000 pounds of tuna. According to the Los Angeles Times, his coworkers had no idea he was inside the plant’s industrial pressure cooker doing maintenance. In a terrifying turn of events, Melena was boiled alive at a temperature high of 270 degrees F.

Former safety manager Saul Florez and director of plant operations Angel Rodriguez were both charged on April 26 with three felony counts for committing for violating safety and health in the workplace. Investigation of the accident has been ongoing since 2012.

The company has publicly stated that Melena’s death was a tragic accident, however, they were disappointed by the charges filed by LA prosecutors. An investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety & Health discovered there was no willful violations in relation to the accident.

According to prosecutors, Bumble Bee could face a fine of as much as $1.5 million.

 

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Woman Who Faked Coffee Burns From McDonald’s Now Facing Felony Charges

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A 38-year-old woman from Victorville is facing almost two dozen felony charges of fraud after she posted photos on the Internet of an alleged second-degree burn she received from McDonald’s coffee. CBS Los Angeles reports that the photos of her injured hand were not her own.

Selena Edwards claimed she received the burns after hot coffee was spilled on her hand at the McDonald’s drive-thru in January 2013. She said that the cup that was handed to her had an unsecured lid. Edwards submitted photos of a hand with second-degree burns along with the initial injury claim.

It was later discovered by detectives investigating the case that the photos she submitted were copied from a hospital website. It’s presumed Edwards also faked records of medical treatment for her hand.

Edwards is looking at charges for insurance and workers’ compensation fraud.

H/T CBS Los Angeles