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
Dow Lawrence 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall off roof
Dowe or Dow Elroy 1960 Cumberland Bayview No. 8 (Green Crow) Killed by haulage
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
Downs William B. 1910 Pictou County Albion Scalded or burned, causes unknown; a machinist making repairs
Doyle John, Sr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Doyle John, Jr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Doyle James 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by empty trip
Doyle Edward 1935 Pictou County Albion Fall of rock
Doyle Robert Steven 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Doyle John 1917 Cumberland Kimberly Fall of stone, died 6 days later
Dragon John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Driscol or Driscoll William 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Slipped from car, wheels passed over him
Drolet Remi Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Duder Edward 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall in sump
Dudka Andrew 1950 Pictou County McGregor Struck by a haulage rope
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
Dumphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Dunbar Robert 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunbar Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Dunbar John 1904 Pictou County Albion Run over by a rake
Dunbar W. Sr 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Dunlap Robert 1928 Colchester Kempton or Riversdale Fell off tub in shaft
Dunn John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dunn James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn Philip 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Dunsmuir James 1924 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Dupee Joseph 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Duprey Edward 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Durdle Neslon 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Riding on trip which left the road
Durham Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Dwyer Thomas 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Dye Charles 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Killed by cars on surface, in colliery yard
Dykens Elmer W. or Elmmar 1932 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Dykens or Daken Layton A. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Edwards Benjamin 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electrocuted in power house
Edwards James 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Edwards James 1950 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Edwards George 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone from oof
Elbridge Clifford 1904 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall in chute, smothered by coal
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Elliott Hugh 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal at room face
Elliott John T 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ellis Richard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Ellis John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Eloi Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Embree Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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