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) Yearsort descending County Mine Cause
McDonald Donald 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Goode Allen H. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Canning William G. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Found dead in mine
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Hachey Archibald J. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Nelson Vernon V. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Hayman Archibald 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Nicholson Bain 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Skelton or Skilton Hollis T. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Wheatley Leonard 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Gabriel Patrick 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Gould John 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Campbell Samuel Sr. 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
White Brenton 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Harris Charles 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Mailman John 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Desmond Herbert 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Carpenter Thomas 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Davis Douglas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Paul Charles E. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Ross Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Williams Clarie 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of sotne
Cottenden William J. 1953 Cumberland Springhill (Cumberland Railway & Coal) Electricity, on surface
McGillivray John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
MacLean John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Gower Frederick 1953 Cape Breton County Beaver Fall of stone
Geddes James 1953 Pictou County McBean Haulage accident
Bell Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Nicholson Thomas N. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Welch Clarence 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
MacKay John 1953 Pictou County McGregor Haulage accident: thrown from trip
Casey James W. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Beaton John William 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Copeland James E. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Dykens or Daken Layton A. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Fear John L. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Cathcart Lionel 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage, surface
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
O'Handley Malcolm 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Lorimer Harold 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
McLellan Donald 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Gilroy Russell A. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone; 1 of 3 killed
Jamieson Kenneth 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Knowlton Everett 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone; 1 of 3 killed
Michalik Joseph 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
White Leo 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone; 1 of 3 killed

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