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
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Holm William 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Wilkie William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Luffman William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
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
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Roache or Roche William 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Jewkes William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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