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
Glenwright Thomas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Prendergast Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 End blew out of aftercooler
Tower Thomas 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Kipping Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between empty trip
Rogers Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Howie Thomas 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Ross Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Foley Thomas 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Penny Thomas 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 4 slope Fall of stone
McDonald Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Morrison Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Marsh Thomas 1938 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Struck by trip
Young Thomas 1870 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Davis Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dwyer Thomas 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Kelly Thomas 1984 Cape Breton County Lingan Heart Attack
Roy Thomas 1912 Pictou County Acadia Runaway box on the jib
Smillie Thomas 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by a haulage rope
Pickerton Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Zusic or Zusie Thomas 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Wilson Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Guthro Thomas 1887 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of frozen clay; 1 of 2 killed
Jones Thomas 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Browner Thomas 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Mine machinery
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Dean Thomas 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fell under full trip
Carpenter Thomas 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Blackwood Thomas 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Ryan Thomas 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
McPhee Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and roof, died a few hours later
Lyons Thomas 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Jennings Thomas 1915 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone
Milley Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hawes Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone in pillar
Cassey Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Murphy Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Fletcher Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Crummey or Crominey Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Yacick Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal, head and back hurt, accidental death
Gabriel Thomas 1949 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump
O'Toole Terrance 1943 Cape Breton County Franklin Crushed between box and timber
Laderie Sylvia 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Boutilier Sydney 1934 Cape Breton County Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. on Lease 3 Explosion at Crop pit
Melnick Steve 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Porter Sterling 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Lilley Stephen Paul 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Gillis Stephen 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell out of cage coming from work
Sedosky Stephen 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of roof coal

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