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
Lilley Stephen Paul 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Porter Sterling 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Melnick Steve 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Boutilier Sydney 1934 Cape Breton County Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. on Lease 3 Explosion at Crop pit
Laderie Sylvia 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
O'Toole Terrance 1943 Cape Breton County Franklin Crushed between box and timber
Johnstone Thomas 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Guthro Thomas 1887 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of frozen clay; 1 of 2 killed
Foley Thomas 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Gabriel Thomas 1949 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump
Wilson Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Sullivan Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Barclay Thomas 1932 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of coal
Gaskin Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Marsh Thomas 1938 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Struck by trip
Carpenter Thomas 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Boutilier Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Fletcher Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Kipping Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between empty trip
Howie Thomas 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Brown Thomas 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Rogers Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Cassey Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Browner Thomas 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Mine machinery
Penny Thomas 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 4 slope Fall of stone
McDonald Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Bell Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Dean Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Lyons Thomas 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Young Thomas 1870 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Favier Thomas 1911 Pictou County Acadia Crushed between rib and full box
Hallet Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Marshall Thomas 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Pickerton Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Roy Thomas 1912 Pictou County Acadia Runaway box on the jib
Smillie Thomas 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by a haulage rope
Kelly Thomas 1984 Cape Breton County Lingan Heart Attack
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Zusic or Zusie Thomas 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Rogers Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dean Thomas 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fell under full trip
Gaskill Thomas 1924 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Jones Thomas 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Ross Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
McPhee Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and roof, died a few hours later
Blackwood Thomas 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Hawes Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone in pillar
Ryan Thomas 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Jennings Thomas 1915 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone

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