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
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hutchinson William 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by cage
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Ferguson William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Cooke William 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Frew William 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip

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