OFFICIALS: AR collapsed Silo hadn't been inspected in 19 yrs.

NASHVILLE, AR (KSLA) – An Arkansas grain silo that collapsed and killed a worker last week had not been inspected by federal safety officials in 19 years.

A Texarkana, Arkansas news agency reports that documents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration show that the Tyson Foods Inc. silo in Nashville had not been inspected since 1991.

The mill has reportedly had about 30 employees. An OSHA spokesman says its inspectors usually don't schedule visits to sites with fewer than 40 workers.

The federal agency is now investigating the cause of the collapse.

The 1991 inspection resulted in Springdale-based Tyson being assessed a $750 fine for not having an eye flush station or an emergency shower.

The collapse last week killed 48-year-old Johnny Needham of Nashville.

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