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
Kayens Felician 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Assemmather Fawl 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Ward Fabian E. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Wilkes F. 1905 Pictou County Marsh Powder explosion
MacDonald F. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
McKinnon F. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Runaway box inflicted injury causing death
Dericimn F. 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal
Murray Ezra G. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Knowlton Everett 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone; 1 of 3 killed
Johnson Eugene William 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Yorke Eugene I. 1932 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone on Longwall
Cole Eugene 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Reid Eugene 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Killoway Eugene 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Little Ernest 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Smothered by slack coal in boiler shed chute
Love Ernest 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by a runaway box
Chandler Ernest 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mott Ernest 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Clarke or Clark Ernest 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell off box
McGraw Ernest 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Hallam Ernest 1959 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Bainbridge Ernest 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Boutilier Ernest 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Rolfe Ernest 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Spence Ernel 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
McIsaac Eric Earl 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Alderson or Anderson Ephriam 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Bradley Ephraim 1904 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Metals gave heavy thump, broke timber and buried him under fall of coal.
Whalen Emmanuel 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Tally boy; Crushed between box and loader (likely on surface)
LeFavour Emile 1898 Cumberland Joggins No. 3 slope Struck by cage loaded with box of stone
Keehn Emile 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Kralicek or Krawlick Emil or Emile 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Michniak or Michmiak or Michneak Emerson 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed between packs caused by bump
Josey Emanuel 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Urquhart Elwood 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from face
Dowe or Dow Elroy 1960 Cumberland Bayview No. 8 (Green Crow) Killed by haulage
Dykens Elmer W. or Elmmar 1932 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Leonard Elmer 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Baxendale Ellis 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Slade Elijah 1955 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Bennett Elijah 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured, died an hout later
Shaw Elias 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Scalded by steam
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Crowly Eli 1898 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of roof stone
Chiasson Elezare 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Pusher, killed by improperly spragged box
Stevens Eldon 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Bortniak Egnate 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
McKinnon Edwin 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Roberts Edward Sr. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
White Edward or Elwood 1957 Cumberland Bayview Fall of stone

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