Back in October, our workers' compensation defense blog reported on a horrific industrial accident at a food processing plant here in Southern California that took the life of one worker and left the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) searching for answers.
In recent developments, the state agency released the results of its official investigation earlier this month, placing much of the blame for the incident squarely on the employer of the deceased worker.
The accident in question involved 62-year-old Jose M., who was working a late shift at the Bumble Bee tuna plant in Santa Fe Springs when he became trapped in a large commercial oven known as a retort machine.
While paramedics were immediately summoned to the Bumble Bee plant following the discovery of Jose M. by his co-workers, it was too late. Sadly, Jose M., a father of six, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Cal/OSHA report, Jose M. likely entered the 4.5-foot by 36-foot retort machine to make a quick repair or adjustment to a chain when the door somehow closed behind him.