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
MacPherson R. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crushed by coal tubs
McEwan R. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Explosion of methane
Gilhomes R. D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Run over by trip of cars
Strople Ralph 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Clarke Ralph 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Aylward Ralph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
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
Tabor Raymond 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Gallant Raymond 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by rake
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
Ellis Richard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Lawlor Richard 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Runaway box
Skinner Richard 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Butts Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Miller Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Chase Richard 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Caught between shaft and car
White Richard 1962 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Murphy Richard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wynn Richard 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Pick boy; Run over by full box
Dawson Richard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gardiner Richard 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Ashworth Richard 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Piggot Richard 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Costigan Richard 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by timber lowered down slope
Dixon Richard 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Morrison 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
Clark Richard 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Ferguson Robenich 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
Davidson Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Strathie Robert 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Clarke Robert 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed at fire doors by a full trip being pulled through the bank head by an over-wind
McNutt Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Baxter Robert 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Hit by runaway box
Howlett Robert 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone fractured skull
Ross Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Clarke Robert 1908 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Full trip pulled through bankhead by windup on main hoist drum

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