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
Rose James 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Rose Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Ross Philip 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Ross Philip 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ross Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Ross St. Clair 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Ross Curtis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Ross William D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ross Alexander 1911 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a rake
Ross James 1941 Cape Breton County Indian Cove Coal Company Explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Ross Edward 1939 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of rock, died 4 days later
Ross Frank 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Ross Angus 1913 Inverness Inverness Stepped in front of moving balance box
Ross Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Ross Murdock 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Rowe Simon J. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Roy John H. 1904 Pictou County Albion Killed instantly in a fall
Roy Thomas 1912 Pictou County Acadia Runaway box on the jib
Roy Benjamin 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by piece of coal, died 3 days after
Royal James 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by tub of coal
Rozmarinovich Fred 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Crushed between box and drop
Ruddick Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Rushton William A. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Rushton Stephen 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Rushton Nelson W. 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Russell James 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Heart failure
Russell unknown 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Carbon monoxide after methane explosion 1of 2 killed
Russell David 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Russell Robert M. 1879 Pictou County Acadia Collapse of coal storage structure
Ryan Alexander 1873 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
Ryan John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ryan Thomas 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Ryan John W. 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fatally injured
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
Ryan Frank 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Saccary Leo 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Undetermined
Saccrey John W. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of roof
Salcon Trifon 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Salon John 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Saltys Joseph 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Strick by flying timber from tram
Sample Winton 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Sampler Samuel Jr. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sampson Sanford 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Falling boom
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Saunders Fred 1944 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Savage Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Savage John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sawyer George 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Joggins Suffocated by smoke
Schiavan Petro 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone

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