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
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
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
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 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
Fanning Willard 1943 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from face
Carter Willard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lewis William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Layton William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured while riding trip
Holm William 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
Jewkes William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
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
Wilkie William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed

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