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Families sue over Atchison grain elevator blast

August 29, 2012

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— Families of four of the six people who died in an explosion at a grain elevator in northeast Kansas have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against some the elevator's employees.

The families contend in the lawsuits that employees of Bartlett Grain Co., including current president Bob Knief, disregarded the safety and health of the workers.

An explosion in October 2011 killed four Bartlett employees and two grain inspectors. The lawsuits were filed Monday by families of the Bartlett employees.

Investigators determined the explosion was an accident but federal safety officials accused Bartlett of willfully ignoring workplace rules. Officials proposed $406,000 in fines against Bartlett.

The Kansas City Star reports the company has vowed to fight the fines. It issued a statement Tuesday saying employees acted appropriately and reasonably before the explosion.

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Rex Hargis 2 years, 1 month ago

Don't know much about grain elevator safety measures, but explosions in them have been occurring since their first appearance. I would think that by now we would have some way of eliminating them, as we have almost done with ammo manufacturing plants (yes, I remember Sunflower, thus the almost.) It's tough enough being a working farmer without having to worry about turning in your crop and having it blow up.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 1 month ago

This was a relatively new facility. They screwed up.

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