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
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Nicholson William 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Squeezed between box and pillar
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Ferguson William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
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
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Tracey William 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by full trip
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Frew William 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg

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