Food company pays after worker is accidentally cooked
LOS ANGELES - Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to pay $6 million to settle criminal charges in the death of one of its employees.
The worker was cooked in an oven with tons of tuna. Jose Malena was trapped in the oven when another worker mistakenly emptied six tons of canned tuna into the oven. The co-worker mistakenly though Malena had gone to the bathroom.
He was cooked in a 270-degree oven at the company's Santa Fe Springs plant three years ago.
The $6 million settlement is the largest violation death payout in the state. $1.5 million will go to Malena's family. The rest will go to upgrade ovens, pay fines and penalties, and provide $750,000 to the District Attorney's office to fund workplace safety investigations.