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
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Nacas 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
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
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
Walsh William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
Newcomb William 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Killed by a fall of timber
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Mintis William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Driscol or Driscoll William 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Slipped from car, wheels passed over him
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Carroll William 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
Layton William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured while riding trip

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