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 ascending Year County Mine Cause
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
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
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Kendell William 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Cooke William 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Oliver William 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Fanning Willard 1943 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from face
Carter Willard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Stewart Wilkie 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Tally boy, age 14; jammed between tub and tipple at pit head
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Schima or Schimo Wenzel 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Nacas Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
MacLeod Wellington 1921 Pictou County Albion Suffocated by methane under coal fall
Conway Wayne Michael 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Mills Wayne 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Raeshore Wayne 1982 Cape Breton County Prince

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