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
Burns Patrick 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed by passing rake
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Graham Jabez 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Rooney Ottie or Ronnie 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Stone rolled down fan slope, hit him on head
Reid William S. 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of coal
Nelson William J. 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between boom and car
Weatherbee Albert 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Caught between rake and door
Michniak or Michmiak or Michneak Emerson 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed between packs caused by bump
Gabriel Thomas 1949 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump
Paul Charles E. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Hahnen John 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of coal
Ferguson William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Pyke Pleaman 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Bourgeois Bliss 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Harrison Cecil 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald Edward 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Perrin Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
LeFavour Emile 1898 Cumberland Joggins No. 3 slope Struck by cage loaded with box of stone
Stephenson John E. 1912 Cumberland Scotia Fall of stone
Jowett or Gowett John Ernest 1920 Cumberland Victoria cause not recorded
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Tipping Royal Preston 1940 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Injuries from collision of empty boxes
Scully or Soully John 1885 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Run over by cage
Bentcliffe John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carter Clarence 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fife Hiram 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Letcher Frank 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKinnon Laughlin 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Morrison Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Reid Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Turner William H. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
DeGrace James 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Davis Ben 1906 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Being buried by coal
McKenzie Hector 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Thibideau or Thibodeau Godfrey 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between props
Harroun or Ronan John 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Coupling cars, killed by moving cars
Burton John Edward 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Injured by trip
Tabor Fred E. 1938 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Newman George 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by boom moved by coal scoop
Moss Laurie A. 1950 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Ross Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Hale George 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Fisher Lester 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Spence Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Brine Henry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Harrison Chesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Porter Sterling 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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