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
Porter Sterling 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Melnick Steve 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Podenski Steve 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Boutilier Sydney 1934 Cape Breton County Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. on Lease 3 Explosion at Crop pit
Laderie Sylvia 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
O'Toole Terrance 1943 Cape Breton County Franklin Crushed between box and timber
Johnstone Thomas 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Hamilton Thomas 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Hawes Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone in pillar
Mackie Thomas 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McKay Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Kelly Thomas 1984 Cape Breton County Lingan Heart Attack
Prendergast Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 End blew out of aftercooler
Connors Thomas 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Yacick Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal, head and back hurt, accidental death
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Blackwood Thomas 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Sullivan Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Fletcher Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Brown Thomas 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Carpenter Thomas 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
White Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Dwyer Thomas 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Foley Thomas 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Brown Thomas 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Bell Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Cassey Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Milley Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hallet Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Marshall Thomas 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Crummey or Crominey Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Marsh Thomas 1938 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Struck by trip
Murphy Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Rogers Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Gaskin Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Shaw Thomas 1958 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Rogers Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Penny Thomas 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 4 slope Fall of stone
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Baker Thomas 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Derailed rake
Favier Thomas 1911 Pictou County Acadia Crushed between rib and full box
Ross Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Young Thomas 1870 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Durham Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Browner Thomas 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Mine machinery
Roy Thomas 1912 Pictou County Acadia Runaway box on the jib
Smillie Thomas 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by a haulage rope
Pickerton Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Barclay Thomas 1932 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of coal
Zusic or Zusie Thomas 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal

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