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Originally published Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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Seafood-plant worker cooked to death in industrial oven

A state workplace-safety official told a newspaper that a worker in a seafood-processing plant "was fatally injured when he was cooked in an oven."

Los Angeles Times

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LOS ANGELES — A worker at a seafood plant in Los Angeles County, Calif., met a tragic end after he was found cooked to death in an industrial oven, according to a report by the Whittier Daily News.

Officials at the Whittier Police Department said in a statement that they received a call about 7 a.m. Thursday, "regarding an industrial accident" involving a worker at Bumble Bee Seafoods at 13100 Arctic Circle in Santa Fe Springs, in the southeast area of the county.

Police and local fire-department personnel responded to the business, where they found a 62-year-old male employee dead at the scene, authorities said. They did not describe the nature of the accident and directed media to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is investigating the issue.

Bumble Bee Foods officials could not be reached, but identified the employee to the Whittier Daily News as Jose Melena, who had worked for the business for six years, the newspaper reported.

Cal-OSHA spokeswoman Erika Monterroza told the paper that an initial investigation indicated Melena "was fatally injured when he was cooked in an oven" but it was unclear how he ended up inside the oven, resulting in this "horrendous tragedy," the newspaper said.

Operations at the plant have been suspended until Monday, Bumble Bee said.

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