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
MacLeod Wellington 1921 Pictou County Albion Suffocated by methane under coal fall
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
Nacas Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Schima or Schimo Wenzel 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Stewart Wilkie 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Tally boy, age 14; jammed between tub and tipple at pit head
Carter Willard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fanning Willard 1943 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from face
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Kelloway William 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Struck by box
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Frew William 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Hachey William 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Walsh William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Tracey William 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by full trip
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft

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