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 ascending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Waye Samuel 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by chain block
Waye Daniel 1931 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal from face
Waugh Michael 1923 Cape Breton County Princess Caught in worm-gear of coal conveyor
Watts Alexander 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Watt David 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wasakalius Ant. 1916 Cape Breton County Princess Killed by runaway box
Warren Henry 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Warren Edward 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Ward George T. 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Ward Fabian E. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Ward Fred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, died next day
Wamboldt Harry 1903 Pictou County Vale Fall of stone at working face
Walzak Albert 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone from roof in pillar work
Walton John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Walsh William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Walsh John D. 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Walsh P. Joseph 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by runaway box
Walsh Patrick 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal from working face
Walsh Joseph 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Wallace James 1970 Cape Breton County Princess Wash Plant, Surface Squeezed in a chain conveyor
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Walker George 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Walker James 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Walczak Wallace 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Wadystan Wyercbick 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Wade or Mahoney John 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Wadden Freeman 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Vitus Armond 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Vine Charles 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Vienneau or Veneau John J. 1940 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Caught between box and boom
Vickers Alexander 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed trying to jump on a full trip
Vickers Edward 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Vickers Leonard 1956 Cape Breton County Franklin Fall of stone
Vickers Peter Francis 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Vicars John 1889 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of loose coal, died after 12 days
Venus Donald W. 1961 Cumberland Syndicate Electrocution on slope
Vaughan Fitz 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Vanherek Henry 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone
Vance David 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Vance Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Vance Alexander 1931 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Squeezed between two boxes
Van Larkin Dominic 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Vacheresse Albert 1932 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Vaast Lucien (boy) 1916 Pictou County Thom or Tom pit Gas explosion at mouth of abandoned slope; boy was chasing a ball
Vaast August 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Vaast Floriand 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Vaast Louis 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Urquhart Elwood 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from face

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