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Arizona construction worker killed at Bagdad Mine

BAGDAD, Ariz. — The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says a construction
worker has been killed in an accident at a copper mine about 100 miles northwest
of Phoenix.

The worker was identified as 30-year-old Alvin Thomas of Many Farms.

Authorities say that on Thursday afternoon, Thomas was part of a crew fitting a
row of large pipes together when one of the pipes came loose and struck him in
the head.

The pipe weighed more than 5,000 pounds.

The Bagdad Fire Department responded, but Thomas could not be resuscitated.

Thomas was a contract worker with the Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Mine in

The sheriff’s office says the Arizona State Mine Inspector’s Office was
notified and will be conducting an investigation.


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