VIA| Everyone has heard the story about a worker being “cooked” in an oven at the Bumble Bee Tuna plant at Santa Fe Springs California. But it looks like they’re going to have to dig deep, now that the court has ordered them to make financial recompense.
According to a report by losangeles.cbslocal.com:
Bumble Bee Foods has agreed to a workplace settlement that is being called the largest of its kind in Los Angeles County history. The settlement agreement requires Bumble Bee Foods LLC to pay $6 million for willfully violating worker safety rules, the largest known payout in a California criminal prosecution of workplace safety violations involving a single victim, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.
“This is the worst circumstances of death I have ever, ever witnessed,” said Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun, who noted that he had tried more than 40 murder cases over two decades. “I think any person would prefer to be — if they had to die some way — would prefer to be shot or stabbed than to be slowly cooked in an oven. “The canned tuna company and two of its Santa Fe Springs plant managers were charged in Aprilin the 2012 death of 62-year-old Jose Melena, who was cooked to death after becoming trapped inside a steam oven.
The settlement calls for Bumble Bee Foods to pay $3 million to replace the tuna ovens with new, automated ovens that will not require workers to step inside and $1.5 million in restitution to Melena’s family.