Bumble Bee Tuna and two employees face felony OSHA violations after a maintenance worker was cooked alive inside a 35-foot oven at the company’s Santa Fe Springs facility. The man entered the oven to make a repair. Unaware that he was inside, workers loaded 12,000 pounds of tuna into the oven for sterilization.
They locked the door and turned on the oven, where the temperature reached 270 degrees. Workers removing the tuna later found the 62-year-old man’s charred body.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say the company, Bumble Bee’s director of plant operations and a former safety manager each face three counts of violating OSHA rules over the 2012 incident.
Note: OSHA regulations require companies to use disabling devices, called lock-outs, on all equipment when maintenance activities occur.