Man injured in train accident at Kennecott Copper Refinery

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MAGNA, Utah — A man was flown to a hospital Friday morning after his legs were pinned under a moving train at the Kennecott Copper Refinery in Magna.

The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. at 11500 W and SR-201.

Lt. Lex Bell, public information officer for the Unified Police Department, described the incident as an industrial accident and he said no criminal charges will be filed.

Unified Police conducted accident reconstruction work at the scene.

Kennecott officials confirmed the victim is a contract worker who was working for Kennecott. No details about his identity or condition were released.

“Obviously, part of our zero harm culture, we don’t want anyone to get hurt. Our goal at the end of every day is that every employee goes home in the same or better condition than they arrived,” said Kennecott Utah Copper spokesman Kyle Bennett. “This individual is a human being and we hate to see anybody get hurt. So, our best wishes go out to this contract employee and their family. We hope for the best possible circumstances for this individual and his family.”

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      • Ashley

        My thoughts and prayers r with u. Hope all is well and no limbs are lost. My husband lost his legs in a work accident September 18th 2015 And it’s been tough. Tell his family to hang in there.

  • KathleenA

    A source close to him said “all his doctors continue to marvel at all his amazing progress… He is tired but speaks of all his family and friends constantly…”

  • Freddy

    Contract employee = Kennecott insurance doesn’t cover him. I hope they’re not running things like some of the construction sites have been caught doing in the last few years. They force everyone to be an independent contractor, which means they don’t have to have coverage for them. They’re on their own if they get hurt. If that is the case, then Kennecott’s actions are speaking much louder than their words and would undermine their whole safety culture.

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