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
McKee 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
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Cherrie William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 killed at the 2400-foot level
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
Burchill or Birchill William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Jewkes William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
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
Hutchinson William 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by cage
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track
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
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Kendell William 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
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

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