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
Chapman George 1897 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
Ripley Edward 1908 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell into chute
Sennio Antonio 1914 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Died in Halifax in 1914
Casey Archibald 1921 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by rake of coal
Sweeney John W. 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Vance Alexander 1931 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Squeezed between two boxes
O'Brien Thomas E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Pulmonary embolism
MacKay Daniel L. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Bump
Canning William G. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Found dead in mine
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Boutilier Ernest 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
MacDonald Leslie 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Ward George T. 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Crowe Hance 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Jackson John 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McLeod Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
White Albert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hudson or Hodgeson John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Ackles Charles 1909 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Killed by runaway box
Gibson Harry 1915 Cumberland Joggins Haulage rope breaking
O'Regan James 1924 Cumberland Joggins No. 7 Fall of coal
Legere Sanford 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
White Edward or Elwood 1957 Cumberland Bayview Fall of stone
Mackey or Mackie James 1887 Cumberland Springhill Leg broken; caught by cage in balance
Budd Alonzo 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Conway James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Guthro Lazarus 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McEachern John D. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil Rod C. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Nairn James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Rushton Stephen 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wry Edgar 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Boran John 1898 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Fall of stone from roof in workplace
Bradley Ephraim 1904 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Metals gave heavy thump, broke timber and buried him under fall of coal.
Weatherbee or Westhester Melvin 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Riding on full box
Burton James 1915 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
McDonald James E. 1921 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed crossing over haulage rope in motion, caught by boxes
Boss Asa G. 1925 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip of boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Dykens Elmer W. or Elmmar 1932 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Nodwell Harry A. 1941 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Hachey Archibald J. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Lorimer Harold 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Brown Thomas 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
McCormick Leonard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Winters Daniel 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Embree Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Jewkes William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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