Dennis Fillinger, age 62, of Harts, W. Va. lost his life April 6th to injuries sustained while working underground as section foreman for C K Coal Corporation’s Mine No. 5 in Mingo County in southern West Virginia. On February 23, Fillinger was struck by a piece of rock “approximately 3 feet wide by 2 feet long by 3 to 4 inches thick,” the Mine Safety and Health Administration reports. He was administered first aid and then transported to a local medical center, where he remained hospitalized until his passing. Fillinger had 38 years’ total experience in coal mining, but had worked only 10 weeks at the C K Coal operation. WMMT would like to send our condolences to Fillinger’s family, friends, and co-workers.
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