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
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Newcomb William 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Killed by a fall of timber
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
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
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Mintis William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Wilkie William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
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
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Luffman William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Cooke William 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Driscol or Driscoll William 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Slipped from car, wheels passed over him
McDonald William 1887 Cumberland Springhill Fall of coal from face
Lewis William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Oliver William 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Roache or Roche William 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion

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