PRELIMINARY INFORMATION – On April 4, 2013, 30-year-old Alvin Thomas from Many Farms, Arizona, was killed during a construction accident at the Bagdad Mine.
Just before 2 PM, 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 back of his head. The pipe section was 40 feet in length with a 3 foot radius and weighed in excess of 5000 pounds.
Personnel from the Bagdad Fire Department arrived within minutes and attempted to resuscitate Thomas, but he was pronounced deceased just after 2:45 PM.
The Medical Examiner took custody of Thomas' body. Cause of death is pending review by their office. Thomas was a contract worker with the Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold Mine in Bagdad.
The Arizona State Mine Inspector's Office was notified and will be conducting an investigation. Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website