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
Wilson Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Cunningham William M. 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock on mail level
Hyatt Percy 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed in return side of fire door conveyors
Jordan Percy or Perdy 1908 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Run over by rake
Hacquoil Alexander 1914 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatal injuries
Murphy Carl G. 1921 Cumberland Springhill Caught between beam of screen floor and break wheel of a moving railway car
Pettigrew Charles 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Czanoli or Czalonic John 1931 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Hunter Joseph E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Crushed by conveyor belt
Jacob or Jacobs Louis L. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Goode Allen H. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Fear John L. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Betts David 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Lewis Harold 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Vance David 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Corkum Clyde 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hyatt Warren 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McLeod Varley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid Lester 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
White Carl 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Lockhart Dan 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Killed by cage going off track
Boudreau or Budro Lemuel 1907 Cumberland Strathcona Burnt by gas fire
Jennings Thomas 1915 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone
Cope William A. 1922 Cumberland Victoria Caught between roof and car on slope, died 30 days later
LeBlanc Joseph Adolph 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Melanson Frank 1951 Cumberland Cochran
Turner George 1886 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of top coal
Brunt Andrew 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Connorton John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gillis John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDonald Rory B. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil Neil S. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Nairn Michael or Malcolm 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ross Philip 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wood George 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
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

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