Coal Mining Fatalities

This database contains 2497 known Nova Scotia coal mining fatalities. Names, dates, places, mines, and causes of death have been painstakingly compiled. Despite this, it is by no means a complete list. Fatalities occurred before records were kept; descriptions of incidents and those involved were lost along with coal company records. Official recording of multiple deaths may have missed some names; in some cases, names are misspelled. However, this is likely the most complete list that exists. Please contact us if you know names to add.

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Surname Given Name(s) Year Countysort descending Mine Cause
Rector Samuel D. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Gates Charles E. 1943 Cumberland Strathcona No. 2 Fall of stone
Wilson John 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Boyd John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Chandler Ernest 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Francis John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Maiden William J. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McLeod Norman 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Murphy Richard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Robinson or Robertson Hugh 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
White Philip B. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ferguson James 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Fall of roof while opening No. 1 slope
Wilson James 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally hurt by a full rake of boxes
Bigney or Bignay Alex 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
Casey Percy A. 1914 or 1915 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by runaway boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Terris Asa S. 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Run over by full box
Keiver James L. 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Molnar Stephen 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Injured by timber
Vienneau or Veneau John J. 1940 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Caught between box and boom
Chapman Neil D. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed under trip
Brennan James P. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Copeland James E. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Beaton Floyd 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Hunter Angus 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Tabor Donald 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Canning George 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Hiram 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McKinnon Edwin 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid Joseph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Lockhart Charles 1874 Cumberland Scotia (Northern) Fall of coal
Cormier John 1907 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between car and bankhead
Burbine John 1913 Cumberland Joggins Runaway boxes
Nicholson James 1922 Cumberland Minudie #2 Powder ignited by cartridge explosion, died 12 days later; 1 of 2 killed
Quinn George W. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Porter Melburn Parker 1944 Cumberland Standard (Sweetcake) or Strathcona No.2 Fall of stone
McDonald Donald 1885 Cumberland Westville or Springhill mine Died after breaking legs
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Clark or Clarke Robert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Furbow Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Martin George 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil John F. or John P. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Murphy Jeremiah 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Rogers Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Williams John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Burrows John 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of roof stone on new balance no. 9
Fisher Henry 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Davidson Adam 1908 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell into chute
Caulfield or Canfield Peter 1914 or 1915 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by runaway boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Turner Joseph 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal

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