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
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
McPherson Hugh 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between full box and timber
Meagher Milton 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Gillis Frank L. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Fall of stone
Corkin Thomas A. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Davis Andrew 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Dykens or Daken Layton A. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Beaton Kenneth 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Tower William H. 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Cole Cecil 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McLeod Clarence 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid Layton 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Welch George 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Burke Charles 1883 Cumberland Joggins Fall of coal
Carson James 1908 Cumberland Chignecto Fell down balance
Porter James 1914 Cumberland Black Diamond Thawing Samsonite (possibly a powder brand)
Long or Lank Lawrence 1922 Cumberland Minudie #2 Powder ignited by cartridge explosion, died 14 days later
Stevens Charles L. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Gibbons Peter 1950 Cumberland Bayview No.8 or No. 7 Killed by haulage, lived 1 day
McLeod Murdock 1886 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of roof
Brunt Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Collins Mathew 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gallager Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDonald John J. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil Joshua 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Nairn John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ross Murdock 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion

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