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
McInnis Hugh 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Crushed between derailed box and timber
McDonald Hugh 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Severed artery in foot
Elliott Hugh 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal at room face
Findlay Hugh 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed on main slope by runaway box
MacKenzie Hugh 1911 Pictou County Vale Riding an empty trip that derailed
Gillis Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Hugh 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Hugh 1889 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal
MacKenzie Hugh 1918 Pictou County Albion Crushed by cars
McPherson Hugh 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between full box and timber
McDonald Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Nelms Hubert 1924 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Isnor Hubert 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Works Howard 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Simmons or Simmonds Howard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Smith Howard 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
Wells Horace 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Skelton or Skilton Hollis T. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Tabor Hollis 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Fraser Hiram 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by railway car on surface
Hunter Hiram 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Fife Hiram 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Spiccochi Higo 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 or Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Jones Hezekiah 1922 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone and coal from face
Weirich or Wetrich Herman E. 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught in haulage rope
Teichman or Tiechman Herman 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Alt Herman 1928 Pictou County Albion Struck by wood thrown from circular saw (on the surface)
Kernekant or Heinekamp Herman 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Armishaw Herbert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Gas and coal dust explosion
Desmond Herbert 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Leggett Herbert 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Woodland Herbert 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Rogers Herbert 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal, died 5 days later
Clarke Herbert 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Armishaw Herbert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Massive gas and coal dust explosioni
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Collided with turbine in power house
Partner Herbert 1942 Pictou County Albion Crushed between boxes
West Herbert 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Collided with turbine in power house
Wilson Henry J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck on head by stone
LeBlanc Henry J. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Wry Henry 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Brine Henry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Nash Henry 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil Henry 1876 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 cause not recorded
Gillis Henry 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Crushed between trip and rubbing rail
Haddon Henry 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Grave Henry 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Martin Henry 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
McDonald Henry 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Kicked by a horse

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