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
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Ferguson William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Colburn William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carroll William 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Nicholson William 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Squeezed between box and pillar
Kelloway William 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Struck by box
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
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
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst

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