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
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Roache or Roche William 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Nicholson William 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Squeezed between box and pillar
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Lewis William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit 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
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Cooke William 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
Jewkes William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Frew William 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion

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