Jose Melena was a 62-year-old employee at the Bumble Bee tuna canning factory in California. The older gentleman was nearing retirement and was looking forward to spending time with family and friends outside of work in the canning facility. Yet he never made it to that stage of his life. Melena was killed unexpectedly when he somehow fell into a steamer machine and was cooked along with pounds of tuna. The Whittier Daily News reports that Melena was found Thursday shortly after 7 a.m. at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and health has been investigating the incident. They say that it is unclear how Melena ended up in the steamer machine. They are assuming that the entire incident as a total accident and that Melena somehow fell into the dangerous steamer. The state department will continue to investigate the incident in order to determine how to take further action. Chances are that Melena’s family will sue Bumble Bee Tuna for the wrongful death of their loved one.
Operations at the canning facility have been suspended for the time being while police and state officials continue to determine who will take the blame for the unfortunate death. A Bumble Bee Foods spokesman has already expressed condolences to Melena’s family and the company is gearing up for the legal battle that may ensue soon after. If your loved one has died in a work-related injury, then you have the right to sue for wrongful death as well. Whenever an employee is killed or injured on the job, the company that has employed that person should take some degree of the responsibility. Contact a personal injury lawyer at the Pacific Attorney Group today if you have a case that you would like to discuss or pursue.