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    Cal OSHA cites Bumble Bee for death of man in tuna oven

    At the start of his 4 a.m. shift on Oct. 11, 2012, Melena was ordered by his supervisor to load one particular oven. Sometime before 5 a.m., according to the report, Melena entered the oven to make a repair or to adjust a chain inside the machine, leaving the pallet jack he was using outside the oven.


    At that time, a second employee noticed the unused pallet jacket. Assuming Melena was in the bathroom, the second employee took the machine and loaded the oven with the baskets.


    “Around the same time, the supervisor questioned why the employee was using the pallet jack and began asking employees if they had seen" Melena, the report said.


    The report states an announcement was made on the intercom. Workers also began looking for Melena. They discovered that his vehicle was still in the parking lot. After searching for nearly an hour and a half, the boiler operator suggested that they open the last oven that was loaded.

    Details emerge about how Bumble Bee worker died in pressure cooker - latimes.com
    The workers waited about 30 minutes for the oven to cool down before they could open it. Melena's body was eventually found at the exit side of the oven. Firefighters pronounced him dead at the scene.

    The Santa Fe Springs tuna company was issued "serious" citations for failing to evaluate and identify the 10 ovens in the production area as hazardous and permit-required spaces.

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    Re: Cal OSHA cites Bumble Bee for death of man in tuna oven

    Something doesn't sound quite right here; it seems that the door should have been arranged so it could be opened from the inside. All walk-in coolers and freezers are this way, it's been a regulation for years.

    As sort of a side note, a basic closet in your average house is classified as a confined space per OSHAs regulations.

    From my experience, requiring a permit to enter an oven such as this one will not prevent similar incidents.

    The real answer is to provide an easy means of escape.

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    Re: Cal OSHA cites Bumble Bee for death of man in tuna oven

    Scary as all hell, and what could be more disgusting?

    And did workers clean and reuse the equipment?

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