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
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
Driscol or Driscoll William 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Slipped from car, wheels passed over him
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Newcomb William 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Killed by a fall of timber
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Mintis William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
Burchill or Birchill William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Kelloway William 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Struck by box
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion

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