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
Nelson Lester 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Backa Andrew 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Goode Kenneth 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McCormack Lenard 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Nicholson Fred 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Spence Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Nicholson Phillip 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone
Doyle John 1917 Cumberland Kimberly Fall of stone, died 6 days later
Kralicek or Krawlick Emil or Emile 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Stewart Walter 1935 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Fall of stone
Burbine Joseph 1969 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Died of natural causes in mine
Bigney Robert 1881 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Rope broke on cage
Adams John 1888 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dunn John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Johnson James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKinnon Allen 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mitchell John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Piquinot James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Swift Henry 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Tebo or Tebe James 1893 or 1894 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Full box struck prop from under boom
Wilson James 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally injured by full rake of boxes
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
Jones Moses 1912 or 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by rake in slope
Jerrold Clement 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by empty mine car
Miskin Wasil 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord; 1 of 2 killed
Morse Harry 1930 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Fall of roof; 1 of 2 killed
Maine or Main Donald A. or Douglas 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed by stone or wood on longwall
Weirich or Wetrich Herman E. 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught in haulage rope
Light Fred J. 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Davis Douglas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Ellis Richard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Pepperdine Burrell 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Bobbie Edward 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Halliday Harry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald Arthur 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
O'Brien Harry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Stevens Eldon 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Wilson George G. 1901 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Run over by a loaded truck
Pike Jabez 1894 Cumberland Joggins Run over by full rake
Rector Daniel 1912 Cumberland Minudie Fall of stone
Wood Jasper E. or R. 1919 Cumberland St. George Fell down slope, died 1 day later
McGrath Clarence 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Landry Fidele D. 1910 or 1938 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Fall of stone
Maloney James 1973 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Died of natural causes in mine
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Armishaw Jesse 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion

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