Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm Not Eating Bumble Bee Tuna Again

From Firehouse.com:
Bumble Bee Foods and two of the tuna company’s employees were charged Monday with willfully ignoring safety rules, leading to a plant worker burning to death inside an industrial pressure cooker in 2012, prosecutors said.
The San Diego-based company, former safety manager Saul Florez, and Angel Rodriguez, the director of plant operations, were each charged with three felony counts of committing an occupational safety and health violation that caused a death, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
On Oct. 11, 2012, Jose Melena, 62, entered a 35-foot oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs plant to make a repair inside the machine, which is used to sterilize thousands of cans of tuna at a time.
Unaware that Melena was inside the oven, other plant workers loaded several carts that altogether held about 12,000 pounds of tuna, shut the door and turned on the oven, prosecutors said.
Temperatures peaked at around 270 degrees, and Melena cooked to death, prosecutors said. His charred remains were found by another plant worker.  http://www.firehouse.com/news/12068953/bumble-bee-cited-in-death-of-man-in-tuna-oven
This poor gentleman, if he didn't die from the 6 tons of tuna, then he died a horrible death by being cooked alive.
As sad as that is, no way should there have criminal charges as the guy who died didn't notify anybody he was in the oven nor did he put a tag out sign on the equipment.  A tag out sign tells others that the machine is out of service.
So, Bumble Bee Tuna, sorry but I won't be buying your tuna because of the thought of what happened kind of sickens me.

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