Coal Miner Dies From Work-Related Injuries

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training says that a miner injured in February at the CK Mine No. 5 in Mingo County has died from complications related to his injuries.

According to the office, Dennis J. Fillinger of Harts, West Virginia, died Thursday. He was struck by a piece of falling rock about 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

The 62-year-old Fillinger was a section foreman for CK Coal Corp.’s CK Mine No. 5.

Inspectors from the office are still investigating.

A call to the company wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

Gov. Jim Justice says Fillinger was struck by a rock after a section of roof fell, and his death should remind everyone of the sacrifices miners make.