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
MacLeod Wellington 1921 Pictou County Albion Suffocated by methane under coal fall
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Nacas Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Schima or Schimo Wenzel 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Stewart Wilkie 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Tally boy, age 14; jammed between tub and tipple at pit head
Carter Willard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fanning Willard 1943 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from face
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Cooke William 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Dixon William 1918 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Runaway trip

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