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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Today in Industrial Accidents

Posted by on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM


California authorities are investigating the death of a worker in an oven at a Los Angeles-area tuna processing plant.
The victim, Jose Melena, was cooked to death in a steam oven at the Bumble Bee Foods plant in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday, said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
Melena was a six-year veteran of the plant, which was shut down until Monday, the company said.
"The entire Bumble Bee Foods family is saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Melena family," the company said.
Because there are no details about this death, I could not prevent my thoughts, which often act on their own, from associating it with that terrible scene in the movie Blue Collar. Those who know this film, know what I'm thinking.


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Fifty-Two-Eighty 1
Details? What more details would any sane person need? This is quite enough, thanks.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on October 16, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Asparagus! 2
I don't know what tuna canning plants are like in california, or what the tuna canning industry is like in general, but my cousin ran a steam oven at a salmon canning plant in Alaska for a year.

The work is basically this: 18-20 hour days, 7 days a week, half of the workforce doesn't speak english at all (making safety orders a challenge), wages are based on productivity, etc., etc. He made somethink like 30k in 6 months (it's seasonal work) and had an offer to go back at a 25% wage increase. He didn't because of the stress.

He never saw anybody killed, but he saw dozens of undocumented and young uninsured workers with horrible cuts up to and including severed tendons in their hands from cutting fish with razor sharp knives and 4 hours sleep in 3 days.
Posted by Asparagus! on October 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 3
blue collar is one of richrad pryor's best films
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on October 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 4
riz, it is his best film.
Posted by Charles Mudede on October 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 5
We had a family friend growing up who met a similar fate at the Blue Star Canned Chicken factory in Council Bluffs. He was just working there in the summertime, and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

His brother went on to die on 9-11. He was one of the attendees at the conference in Windows on the World.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on October 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
I never did like canned food.... This is not improving my disposition towards it.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on October 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 7
@4.. i said 'one of' because i think 'jo jo dancer, your life is calling' is seriously underrated.
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on October 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM · Report this

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