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) Year County Minesort descending Cause
McCallum Harry Alliston 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Poplar Danny 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Conway Wayne Michael 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
James Laurence Elwyn 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Short Romeo Andrew 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Amon W. 1921 Pictou County Acadia No. 1 Buried 4 hours under fall, died at home in evening
Campbell Percy 1946 Pictou County Allan Shaft Wash Plant Injured putting up a door bar, died a week later
MacLean Alex 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
Forbes Andrew 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
Hickman Henry 1869 Pictou County Marsh Colliery (not Marsh mine) Fall down shaft
Palmer Robert 1869 Pictou County Marsh Colliery (not Marsh mine) Fall down shaft
Jose Henry 1865 Pictou County Either Bye, Cage, Dalhousie pit Fall down shaft
MacKenzie Daniel 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Robertson James 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Townsend Leonard 1876 Cumberland Spring Hill Colliery Mine Crushed by drum, fall of a gin
Gillis Frank L. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Fall of stone
Hunter Joseph E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Crushed by conveyor belt
O'Brien Thomas E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Pulmonary embolism
Paul Percy 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Dominion No. 2, Surface Smothered in culm car
Cooper Arthur 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Run over by car in colliery yard
Bradbury Isaac 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Fell in pickling tank on surface
Strong William H. 1878 Cumberland Springhill Killed on surface
Blue John 1881 Cumberland Springhill Struck by cage
Gilroy Joseph 1911 Cumberland Springhill Jammed by cars
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Crocker Frederick 1884 Cumberland Springhill Crushed between water box and timber
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Murphy Carl G. 1921 Cumberland Springhill Caught between beam of screen floor and break wheel of a moving railway car
Mackey or Mackie James 1887 Cumberland Springhill Leg broken; caught by cage in balance
McDonald William 1887 Cumberland Springhill Fall of coal from face
Dean George W. 1946 Cumberland Springhill No .4 Fall of coal
Pashkoski or Pasoshki Alexander 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Killed by haulage
Armishaw Herbert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Gas and coal dust explosion
Costigan Richard 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by timber lowered down slope
Lewis John F. 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Crushed between trip and air line
Hopkins George 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of coal from working face
Bigney Robert 1881 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Rope broke on cage
Matheson Hugh Thomas 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Taking down top coal
Scully or Soully John 1885 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Run over by cage
Newman George 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by boom moved by coal scoop
McLeod Murdock 1886 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of roof
Bunton Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Massive gas and coal dust explosioni
Campbell John D 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Davis Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hannager Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McGillvary William 2nd 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McPhee Neil 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Nicholson Malcolm 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Sherlock Robert A. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion

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