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
Greenwell Isaac 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Griffiths Wallace 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Groves Frank 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Shot blew through on slant containing water, partly driven between main slope, drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Grycorn John 1933 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Gualtieri or Gaualtiere Natali 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Fall from roof
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Gunn Dan 1933 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Gunn Stanley or David 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Gunn Stanley 1919 Pictou County McGregor Injuries sustained in the mine
Guthro Thomas 1887 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of frozen clay; 1 of 2 killed
Guthro Lazarus 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Guy Abraham 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Guyaux George 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Hachey Archibald J. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Hachey William 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Hacquoil Alexander 1914 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatal injuries
Haddon Henry 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Haggart Joe or James 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Hahnen John 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of coal
Hale Samuel 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hale Joseph W. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hale Milledge 1938 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Struck by falling timber
Hale George 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Haley John V. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between car and timber
Haley or Hanley Angus 1887 Pictou County Vale Run over by boxes on main slope
Hall Edward 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by trip
Hall Albert 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Hall Edward 1879 Cape Breton County Lingan Empty horse wagon ran away
Hall Edward 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria Possibly in Cumberland County
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Hallam Ernest 1959 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Hallet Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Halliday Charles 1945 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by rake
Halliday Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Halliday Harry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Halloran John Philip 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
Hamilton Thomas 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Hamilton Samuel 1868 Pictou County Acadia Methane explosion
Hamilton James 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Shot blew through on slant containing water, partly driven between main slope, drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Hamilton James Y. 1928 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fell head first while timbering the roof when staging collaped under fall of heavy coal lump
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Hand James 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Handley Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Handrahan James 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone from roof
Handrigan John 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone in pillar work; 1 of 2 killed
Hannager Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hannah Joseph 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed instantly by being run over by hopper
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake

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