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 ascending Year County Mine Cause
McGrath Clarence 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Welch Clarence 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
White Clarence 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Boyd Clarence 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McLeod Clarence 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Carter Clarence 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Adamson Clare or Carl 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Styles Clair 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Harrison Chesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hines Chesley 1963 Cape Breton County Electrical Dept, DOSCO Miscellaneous
MacDonald Charles V. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by railway car; or jammed between 2 railway cars
Fraser Charles Robert 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
Stevens Charles L. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Boutilier Charles Jr. 1956 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Penny Charles J. 1927 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Caldwell Charles J. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Bump
Lyons Charles F. 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face, died 5 days later
LeBlanc Charles F. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Paul Charles E. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Gates Charles E. 1943 Cumberland Strathcona No. 2 Fall of stone
Roberts Charles D. 1925 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Carpenter; struck by wood thrown from circular saw
Munro Charles 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed by full box of coal
Gouthro Charles 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck and run over by full coal box
Brown Charles 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
McLeod Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Finlayson Charles 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
MacNeil Charles 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Jones Charles 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone, died 6-7 weeks later
Boutilier Charles 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Lee Charles 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of coal
Halliday Charles 1945 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by rake
Potts Charles 1915 Pictou County Albion Crushed by a trip of coal
Lycom Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Cassidy Charles 1941 Pictou County Albion Driver, injured on his job, died after; "died of shock"
Martell Charles 1873 Cape Breton County Caledonia Crushed by wagons
Rose Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Pettigrew Charles 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Davidson Charles 1894 Pictou County Acadia Squeezed by a box of timber
Lockhart Charles 1874 Cumberland Scotia (Northern) Fall of coal
Nash Charles 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Curry Charles 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Burke Charles 1883 Cumberland Joggins Fall of coal
Vine Charles 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Harris Charles 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McKay Charles 1913 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a riding rake
McNeil Charles 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by empty runaway train
Jewell Charles 1920 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Berger Charles 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by a trip of boxes
Dye Charles 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Killed by cars on surface, in colliery yard

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