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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Surname Given Name(s)sort descending Year County Mine Cause
Hyatt Percy 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed in return side of fire door conveyors
Campbell Percy 1946 Pictou County Allan Shaft Wash Plant Injured putting up a door bar, died a week later
Spence Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Casey Percy A. 1914 or 1915 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by runaway boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Jordan Percy or Perdy 1908 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Run over by rake
McInnis Peter 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Reid Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Kaspersky Peter 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of coal, died 17 days later
Sullivan Peter 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Fry Peter 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
MacDougall Peter 1934 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Gas explosion
Gillis Peter 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire
Gibbons Peter 1950 Cumberland Bayview No.8 or No. 7 Killed by haulage, lived 1 day
Timmons Peter 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Goldie Peter 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Davies Peter 1926 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of stone
Gallager Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Seward Peter 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Gillis Peter 1884 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Coleman Peter 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hannager Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Zomoskie Peter 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Peter 1894 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Caught by full tub against pillar
Pordorski or Prodorski Peter 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Coady Peter 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip near surface on main slope
Caulfield or Canfield Peter 1914 or 1915 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by runaway boxes; 1 of 2 killed
McDougall Peter 1897 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed on balance, run over by cuddy
Johnson Peter 1957 Pictou County McBean Fall of coal
McNeil Peter 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Carrigan Peter 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McNeil Peter A. 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Runaway trip
Vickers Peter Francis 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Buso Petro 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Crushed between mine car and rib, died next day
Geuro Petro 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by box
Schiavan Petro 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
Baldwin Philip 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Ross Philip 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Brine Philip 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Beaton Philip 1939 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 1 Caught between 2 cars, died 3 days later
Nicholson Philip 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Rescue work after explosion
Bond Philip 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
McLennan Philip 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of roof coal while loading
Ross Philip 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Dunn Philip 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
White Philip B. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McBeth or MacBeath Phillip 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Nicholson Phillip 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone
Tremblett Phillip 1949 Cape Breton County Greener Haulage
Davidonkow Pichon 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord
Smeyers Pierre 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone

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