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
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
McLeod Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Rolfe Ernest 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Venus Donald W. 1961 Cumberland Syndicate Electrocution on slope
Dunlap Robert 1928 Colchester Kempton or Riversdale Fell off tub in shaft
Copan Louis 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by trip of mine cars
Ladime (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald Alexander T. 1918 Inverness Inverness Struck by mine-car; died 10 days later
McLellan Angus 1906 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway box on main slope
DeCoste Bernard 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
Lamby (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald or MacDonald Neil 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Struck head against roof or boom
McLeod D.H. 1913 Inverness Inverness Struck by fall of frozen briquettes
Deveau Willie V. 1966 Inverness Evans Mine Killed by haulage
Lambyi (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald Saunders 1940 Inverness inverness No. 4 Struck by runaway box
McNeil Neil S. 1911 Inverness Inverness Run over by balance cage, died 3 hours later
Dixon Alex 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone
Large August 1921 Inverness Inverness Fall down chute
McDonnell Dan 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
McNeil John 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Crushed by full boxes of coal
Doucet J. S. 1941 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone
LeBlanc Joseph 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Found dead in boiler room; may have fallen
McDougall Daniel 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Fraser Robert 1909 Inverness Inverness Fall of roof coal; bled to death from injuries
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Neil 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Muise Patrick 1946 Inverness Inverness Killed by haulage
Fraser John Clarence 1938 Inverness Port Hood or Henderson Fall of stone
MacDonald Donald R. 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed

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