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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Surnamesort descending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Gillies or Gillis James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Gillis Stephen 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell out of cage coming from work
Gillis Peter 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire
Gillis Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Gillis Peter 1884 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Gillis John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gillis Myles Daniel 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Gillis Henry 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Crushed between trip and rubbing rail
Gillis John D. 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell out of cage when descending shaft
Gillis Gus 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Gillis Dan A. 1907 Inverness Inverness Fatally injured riding in empty trip, rope broke
Gillis Dan A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal and rock in pillars
Gillis Lauchlin 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Gillis Simon D. 1920 Inverness Inverness Fall of rock
Gillis James 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Gillis Frank L. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Fall of stone
Gillis Fred 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Caught by box on 25E main level and squeezed against low side of wall
Gilroy Floyd O. 1969 Cumberland Syndicate Fall of stone
Gilroy Joseph 1911 Cumberland Springhill Jammed by cars
Gilroy Russell A. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone; 1 of 3 killed
Girdinetti G. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Gleason James 1892 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell down shaft while working there
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
Glennie Avard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Glenwright Thomas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Goldie Peter 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Goode Kenneth 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Goode Allen H. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Gordon Henry 1941 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Gossens Octav 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Gould John 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Gouthro Charles 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck and run over by full coal box
Gouthro Simon 1907 Cape Breton County International Fell down water shaft
Gouthro John J. 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by empty trip
Gouthro Servine 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Gouthro John W. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
Gower Frederick 1953 Cape Breton County Beaver Fall of stone
Gracy Bosel 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Graham Daniel 1925 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Graham Jabez 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Graham Alex 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Grant Albert or Arthur 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Grant John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Grant Dougald 1899 Pictou County Vale Methane explosion by naked light
Grasesnack C. G. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Grave Henry 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Green John 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall off bridge
Green Frank 1908 Pictou County Albion Struck by a box on balance
Greene Mark 1928 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Methane explosion

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