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) Year Countysort descending Mine Cause
McVey James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Noiles Roger 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Simmons or Simmonds Howard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Costigan Richard 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by timber lowered down slope
Furlong Frank 1901 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Scalded with steam
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Gilroy Joseph 1911 Cumberland Springhill Jammed by cars
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Davidonkow Pichon 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord
Dickson Wlliam 1927 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Struck by rake
Lutes Morton M. or Norton 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Trapper, Struck by trip at 8300-ft trap door
Fowler Richard 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Crushed while working on screens
Leggett Herbert 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Welch Clarence 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Daken or Dakin Gilbert 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Morse Russell 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Aylward Ralph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Gillis Gus 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Marshall Thomas 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Mooring Carl 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
MacDougald Frank 1890 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County
Hardcastle Edward 1911 Cumberland Great Northern Fall of stone
Martin John 1918 Cumberland Jubilee No.2, River Hebert Runaway mine car
Fowler Simon J. 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Murray Ezra G. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Stevens Hugh "Dulie" Arthur 1978 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Accident, blasting incident; died 29 days later
Blue John 1881 Cumberland Springhill Struck by cage
Richmond John A. 1887 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Carnichael John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dillon Frederick 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Miller James Sr. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Overs James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Smith Edward 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hopkins George 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of coal from working face
Sweet Eben 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall down chute
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Bulmer Walter 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck by ginney (aka jinney or jig) or prop
Gabriel Alexander 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Melanson Melos 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone from crosscut roof
Fagon Edward 1930 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Fall of roof; 1 of 2 killed
Budd Walter R. 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Megeney Vernour 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck and Run over by rake
McGraw Ernest 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Casey James W. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Reese Lloyd 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Dawson Gerald 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion

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