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
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas 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
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hutchinson William 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by cage
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
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
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Driscol or Driscoll William 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Slipped from car, wheels passed over him
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Newcomb William 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Killed by a fall of timber
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage

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