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
Potts Charles 1915 Pictou County Albion Crushed by a trip of coal
Powelle (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Power Lewis 1985 Cape Breton County Lingan Crushed
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Power Andrew 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
Power James 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, hung shot
Prendergast Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 End blew out of aftercooler
Prentice Patrick 1923 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 2 Electric wire
Prindle Joe 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Purchase Harry 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Purdy Walter Charles 1921 Cumberland St. George Struck by piece of coal blown off by shot
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Purvis James 1902 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Purvis or Purves Andrew 1956 Pictou County McGregor Caught in underground haulage
Pyke Pleaman 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Quann Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Caught between loaded box and pillar
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Quigley James 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Crushed between engine drum and rope
Quinn George W. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Raeshore Wayne 1982 Cape Breton County Prince
Raggar Max 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Ralph John 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Ramsey James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ransome James H. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Raper Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Raus George 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Iinjured by runaway box, died next day
Reashor Maurice 1968 Cape Breton County Princess Coronary heart attack
Rector Daniel 1912 Cumberland Minudie Fall of stone
Rector Samuel D. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Rector Ruben 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Rector Rueben 1943 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Rector Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reddick Robert, Sr. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed while mining, a shot blew down on him
Redpath George 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Reese Lloyd 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Reeves James 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Regan Bruce 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Reid Layton 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Reid Lester 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid William S. 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of coal
Reid Eugene 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Reid John N. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Accidental dynamite explosion
Reid Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Reid Frank 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Knocked down steel boom
Reid Joseph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid Robert 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of earth on surface; working on rail line

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