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Worker Dies After Being Cooked In Tuna Plant Oven
AP) ^ | October 12, 2012 6:53 PM

Posted on 10/13/2012 9:02:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin

SANTA FE SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods.

The Whittier Daily News reports Jose Melena was found Thursday shortly before 7 a.m. at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokeswoman Erika Monterroza says it’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a “steamer machine.”

The state department has launched an investigation into the accident

(Excerpt) Read more at losangeles.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bumblebeetuna; darwinaward; napl; tunafish; undignifieddeaths
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1 posted on 10/13/2012 9:02:28 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Cross that brand off my shopping list!


2 posted on 10/13/2012 9:05:37 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: BenLurkin

This will end up on one of those “CSI” or “Law and Order” episodes...ripped from the headlines. Yikes.


3 posted on 10/13/2012 9:05:39 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: BenLurkin
I can now go to the “12 items or less” aisle as one item is scratched from the shopping list.
4 posted on 10/13/2012 9:06:41 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I was going to make tuna casserole for dinner tonight. Looks like meatloaf in now on the menu.


5 posted on 10/13/2012 9:06:41 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: BenLurkin

I have always despised Bumble Bee tuna. No matter how it’s “prepared” or packed. Yuck.

Maybe now I know why......


6 posted on 10/13/2012 9:07:13 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: BenLurkin

I guess I will stay away from Bumble He tuna. Yuck


7 posted on 10/13/2012 9:07:51 AM PDT by dforest
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To: BenLurkin

Waiter, there’s a man in my tuna salad.


8 posted on 10/13/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

There already was an incident like this on “1000 Ways To Die”.


9 posted on 10/13/2012 9:10:49 AM PDT by hout8475
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To: BenLurkin

Sorry Charlie.....

Think stick to Star Quist


10 posted on 10/13/2012 9:11:11 AM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: EggsAckley
I've always despised ALL tuna!

When I was younger, I had a phone # ending in 2638. I used to tell people to remember it by Bill never eats tuna.

11 posted on 10/13/2012 9:11:13 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: hout8475

...and my daughter tells me there was a “Bones” episode like that too....


12 posted on 10/13/2012 9:12:15 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright ("You Might Be a Liberal" (YMBAL) Coming out Sept 1 by C. Edmund Wright)
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To: BenLurkin
You can tuna piano, but you can't tuna person. But they make excellent crackers.


13 posted on 10/13/2012 9:13:48 AM PDT by bigheadfred ( I will stand with the CHRISTIANS should the political winds shift in an ugly direction)
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To: BenLurkin

But, BUT it’s dolphin safe! (Prayers up for the family)


14 posted on 10/13/2012 9:15:59 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: BenLurkin
The state department has launched an investigation into the accident

A US Ambasador is killed in Lybia and the state department is investigating an occupational death.

Something smells fishy here.

15 posted on 10/13/2012 9:16:08 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: BenLurkin

16 posted on 10/13/2012 9:16:38 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: momtothree

Bumble Bee got you covered on the meat loaf too.


17 posted on 10/13/2012 9:18:01 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: BenLurkin; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono

If I can’t have dolphin in my tuna fish, then I certainly don’t want stray employees or bumble bees in it.


18 posted on 10/13/2012 9:20:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
It was already on a story line through a season of the NBC soap Passions a few years ago.
19 posted on 10/13/2012 9:20:19 AM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: BenLurkin

I had a can of tuna last nite with fine Chanti and some fava
beans!


20 posted on 10/13/2012 9:21:10 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: BenLurkin

Stumble Bee?


21 posted on 10/13/2012 9:23:43 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Cross that brand off my shopping list!”

Oh my - went to the store late Friday night and it was so much less expensive than other brands that I bought 10 cans. Now I know why! It’s all going back.


22 posted on 10/13/2012 9:28:47 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: BenLurkin

Horrible story! Poor poor guy!


23 posted on 10/13/2012 9:30:07 AM PDT by MNDude (OWS Movement RIP)
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To: bigheadfred

i think this proves you can tuna person.


24 posted on 10/13/2012 9:30:43 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Be sure to detect the new subtle flavour in Bumble Bee tuna.


25 posted on 10/13/2012 9:36:27 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: BenLurkin

Now that’s a Bum-Bum-Bumble Bee bummer.


26 posted on 10/13/2012 9:37:01 AM PDT by William Tell
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To: BenLurkin

Horrid. :-(

Now we know that the bumble bee was a gateway ingredient.


27 posted on 10/13/2012 9:42:53 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: BenLurkin

I can already see opportunistic shysters going on a fishing expedition to hit Bumble Bee Corporation to the tuna of millions of dollars, and I’d dare to say they have it in the can!


28 posted on 10/13/2012 9:48:03 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: BenLurkin

Reminds me of the 50 year old story of the man who disappeared while working in a Pepsi plant.

Several weeks later they decide to clean the tanks and find his bones in the bottom.

Then there is the idiot engineer who went inside a shut down power plant boiler without telling anyone. Luckily an operator doing a walk down inspection heard him beating his flashlight on the wall and got him out just before they fired it up.

Then, 25 years ago, there are the men who worked in a log debarking plant who crawled inside the machine to clear a jam. While inside the machine started up.


29 posted on 10/13/2012 9:53:54 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: njslim
"Sorry Charlie..... Think stick to Star Quist"

What!!! and give pelosi your money? Either she owns Star kist or has stock in it.

Try an off brand name or eat sardines. much healthier, less mercury.

30 posted on 10/13/2012 10:16:07 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: BenLurkin; mikrofon; martin_fierro
it’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a “steamer machine.”

But boy, was he steamed!

31 posted on 10/13/2012 10:17:23 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Charlie the Tuna Eater)
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To: BenLurkin

Dreadful. RIP.


32 posted on 10/13/2012 10:35:53 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BenLurkin; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon
Jose Melena .... it’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a “steamer machine.”


33 posted on 10/13/2012 10:45:07 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Has bee-n)
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To: BenLurkin

First thought was, “Hope his name wasn’t Charlie.”


34 posted on 10/13/2012 10:46:55 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Mmmm! Now with more Jose Melena !!


35 posted on 10/13/2012 10:49:57 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: BenLurkin
it’s unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a “steamer machine.”

Charlie the Tuna finally wised up.

36 posted on 10/13/2012 10:52:56 AM PDT by bgill
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To: BenLurkin

I have real issues with Chicken of the Sea. I called them for a series of 12 cans I have, with a very acrid and metallic taste. They are very hard to get in touch with and have ignored my calls.

Pretty steamed at them. Now they are a different company, but since then I haven’t bought canned tuna.


37 posted on 10/13/2012 10:53:59 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care
since then I haven’t bought canned tuna.

You still don't care?

38 posted on 10/13/2012 10:55:21 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Last year I remember a guy fell inside a giant laundry machine. He was pulling out a tangle.

People WILL keep doing these unsafe things, often under the instigation of corrupt management. It’s awful.


39 posted on 10/13/2012 10:56:37 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care

*** often under the instigation of corrupt management. It’s awful.***

Everywhere I worked in my lifetime, it was a company rule that if you had to crawl into a machine you had to open and lock out the MAIN BREAKER and tag it open.


40 posted on 10/13/2012 11:05:38 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
New slogan: "Bumble Bee: The Humanitarian Tuna"


41 posted on 10/13/2012 11:07:42 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No matter what people say about me being a Chef, I’m not that into Food!

Don’t scratch it off your list just yet.. I’m workin on a Mexican Tuna Recipe.. :)


42 posted on 10/13/2012 11:13:12 AM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: BenLurkin
Tuna fingers?


43 posted on 10/13/2012 11:18:46 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: BenLurkin; a fool in paradise

What tuna will they play at Jose’s funeral? Ow will they use canned music?


44 posted on 10/13/2012 11:23:23 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: BenLurkin
I started my working life right out of high school working third shift in a food processing factory (cannery). The prepared product is measured into cans by volume, a jet of steam displaces air in the can just as a lid is dropped in place and sealed by a mechanism which “rolls” the seam and seals the can. The can then enters a steam chest through a rotary “air lock” that keeps steam from escaping. The inside of the steam chamber is made up of conveyors which allow the can to spend 20 minutes while moving continuously toward the exit lock. After processing in the steam chamber the cans are labeled, boxed and moved to the shipping floor.

The cans are in motion from beginning (empty) to end (filled, cooked, & labeled) at a rate of about 300 cans a minute. The product is cooked in the sealed can. The steam chest heats the sealed can filled with product. Before the continuous process was developed cans were packed in large round baskets and lowered into large retorts (pressure cookers) to cook for 20 minutes. The retort loading and unloading slowed down the processing cycle and fell out of use when the continuous process was developed.

I would guess the unfortunate victim was probably a millwright working on the conveyor system inside the steam chest when someone closed the hatch and started the machine. Under ordinary conditions the machinery (and the whole plant) operates 24/7 until the raw material is all processed. It is a very noisy operation, with can clattering along on the various conveyors and the inlet and exit steam locks banging away like demented gatling guns.

Regards,
GtG

45 posted on 10/13/2012 11:47:14 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: martin_fierro; BenLurkin; Charles Henrickson
I've heard of being grilled or in hot water *by* this guy, but ....
46 posted on 10/13/2012 11:47:14 AM PDT by mikrofon (RIP (That's in PEACE))
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To: BenLurkin

47 posted on 10/13/2012 12:59:23 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: BenLurkin

Shades of Millennium episode “Gehenna”..


48 posted on 10/13/2012 3:12:17 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: BenLurkin
Mom! The tuna doesn’t taste like it used to!”
49 posted on 10/13/2012 3:20:27 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

...and that’s why smart employees “Lock Out/Tag Out!”


50 posted on 10/13/2012 5:00:31 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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