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
McMillan John 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between roof and box
Porter Archy 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box and rib
Clarke or Clark Ernest 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell off box
Taylor John B. 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught in fly wheel
Barrett Victor 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Stephenhardt or Stephenson or Tyopenhart Joseph 1939 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Hit by overhead iron booms, died 3 days later
Caldwell Charles J. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Bump
Allen Arthur J. 1951 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Beaton John William 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Allen Frank 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Henwood Victor 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Styles Clair 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Burton Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Holloway Isaac 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McKenzie Frank 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Rector Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Teed Henry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Winter Edward 1872 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Fall of coal
Ripley Ira 1906 Cumberland Joggins Fall of top coal
Ricleslts Vincent 1913 Cumberland Scotia (possibly Cape Breton County) Fall of stone
Shannon George "Happy" 1921 Cumberland Joggins Electrocuted by shock from cable on pavement
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

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