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
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Nacas Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sherider 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
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
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
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
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
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Tracey William 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by full trip
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
McDonald William 1887 Cumberland Springhill Fall of coal from face
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom

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