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
Sloan Dan 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
Slade Elijah 1955 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Skinner Job 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Skinner Richard 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Skidmore Kenneth 1942 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Skelton or Skilton Hollis T. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Skacun Mitro 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Sinclair or St. Clair John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Simpson Robert 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal while drawing pillar
Simpson John 1866 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagons
Simmons or Simmonds Howard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Shuparski Tony 1938 Pictou County McGregor dropped dead
Short Romeo Andrew 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Shoder Martin 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
Shipley Archibald 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
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Shea James 1867 Inverness Port Hood Crushed by machinery
Shaw Elias 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Scalded by steam
Shaw Thomas 1958 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sharples James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Sharpe Clifford 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Sharpe Arthur 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Shannon George "Happy" 1921 Cumberland Joggins Electrocuted by shock from cable on pavement
Shanahan James 1882 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Fall of stone from roof
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Seward John 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Run over by empty trip
Seward Peter 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Sennio Antonio 1914 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Died in Halifax in 1914
Semenuk Mike 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Sellars Nich 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Seldon George 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone from roof in room
Sedosky Stephen 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
Sedlak Valent 1960 Pictou County McBean Conflict with underground haulage
Seaman Max 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electric wire
Scully or Soully John 1885 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Run over by cage
Scully James 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Scott Leslie 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from rib
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Scott Joseph 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Schobarlietner Frank 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Schima or Schimo Wenzel 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Schiavan Petro 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
Sawyer George 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Joggins Suffocated by smoke
Savage Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion

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