Feds: Corrosion Caused Cargill Salt Bin Collapse

LANSING, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal regulators say corroded steel supports and inadequate maintenance by Cargill Inc. led to the collapse of a loading bin holding more than 100 tons of salt onto a waiting dump truck. The accident in upstate New York last March killed the truck driver and injured the bin operator.

A Mine Safety and Health Administration report obtained by the Ithaca Journal says Cargill was negligent because it didn't effectively inspect or do preventive maintenance on the structure.

A consulting firm that inspected the bin told the Minneapolis company in 2006 that it was "generally sound," but needed annual inspections for corrosion from exposure to salt mined at the facility in Lansing.

A Cargill spokesman told the newspaper Tuesday the company hadn't yet seen the report.

The mine on the shore of Cayuga Lake mainly produces road salt.

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