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September 15, 2021 Fatality

Accident Classification: Other
Location: Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Inc, Morenci, Arizona
Mine Type: Metal and Non-Metal
Mine Controller: Freeport-McMoRan Inc
Mined Material: Copper Ore NEC
Incident Date/Time: September 15, 2021 - 12:00am

Preliminary Report

A contract welder was welding a joint on a 30-inch diameter stainless steel pipe. The joint was approximately 80 feet from the end of the pipe. The welder entered the end of the pipe and crawled approximately 40 feet towards the joint he was welding to troubleshoot issues related to argon gas leakage. Coworkers found him unresponsive inside the pipe.

The information provided in this notice is based on preliminary data ONLY and does not represent final determination regarding the nature of the incident or conclusions regarding the cause of the accident.

Fatality Alert

MINE FATALITY – On September 15, 2021, a 33-year-old contract welder was fatally injured when he crawled 40 feet into a 30-inch-diameter stainless-steel pipe.  The victim was welding a joint from the outside of the pipe, and then entered the pipe to troubleshoot issues related to argon gas leakage.  Coworkers found him unresponsive.