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Lawsuit: 2 men died at Kansas plant from superheated steam


November 2, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two employees were killed when an elevator filled with superheated, "flesh-boiling" steam at a Westar Energy plant in Kansas this summer, according to a federal lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of the children of Damien Burchett, who died June 3 alongside Jesse Henson at a plant near Topeka. The family is suing three companies that manufactured and maintained the turbine and valve. Westar is not named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also challenges a $250,000 state limit on compensation for survivors of people who die in on-the-job accidents, The Wic...

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