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)sort descending Year County Mine Cause
Smeyers Pierre 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Balzoni Pietro 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Pyke Pleaman 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Fraser Preston 1913 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Broderick R. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Rocker R. 1906 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
McEwan R. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Explosion of methane
MacPherson R. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crushed by coal tubs
Gilhomes R. D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Run over by trip of cars
Clarke Ralph 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Aylward Ralph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Strople Ralph 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Carter Ralston 1935 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by full car on back slope
McDonald Ranald or Ronald 1911 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal; head crushed
House Randolph Brian 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Gallant Raymond 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by rake
Tabor Raymond 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Collogani Redolph 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Jammed between boxes
Carter Reed 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacNeil Reginald A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Drolet Remi Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Penny Reuben 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Jewer Rich. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Shunter, killed by car on surface
Costigan Richard 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by timber lowered down slope
Piggot Richard 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Wynn Richard 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Pick boy; Run over by full box
Dixon Richard 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Fowler Richard 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Crushed while working on screens
Butts Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Ashworth Richard 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Morrison Richard 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Ellis Richard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Clark Richard 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Miller Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
White Richard 1962 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Lawlor Richard 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Runaway box
Chase Richard 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Caught between shaft and car
Gardiner Richard 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Murphy Richard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Skinner Richard 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Dawson Richard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ferguson Robenich 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
Donnelly Robert 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
MacLeod Robert 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ferguson Robert 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Parr Robert 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed: fell back in shaft from surface
Dunbar Robert 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Baxter Robert 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
Patey Robert 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed

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