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
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Cherrie William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 killed at the 2400-foot level
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Oliver William 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Hachey William 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Holm William 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Walsh William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Dixon William 1918 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Runaway trip
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
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box

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