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
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Ferguson William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Hachey William 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Walsh William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Newcomb William 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Killed by a fall of timber
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
Hutchinson William 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by cage
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Mintis William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
Carroll William 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later

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