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
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Oliver William 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
Luffman William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Ferguson William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Carroll William 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip

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