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) Year Countysort descending Mine Cause
McKinnon Allen 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mitchell John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Piquinot James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Swift Henry 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Tebo or Tebe James 1893 or 1894 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Full box struck prop from under boom
Sweet Eben 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall down chute
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Bulmer Walter 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck by ginney (aka jinney or jig) or prop
Gabriel Alexander 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Melanson Melos 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone from crosscut roof
Fagon Edward 1930 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Fall of roof; 1 of 2 killed
Budd Walter R. 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Megeney Vernour 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck and Run over by rake
McGraw Ernest 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Casey James W. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Reese Lloyd 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Dawson Gerald 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Nelson Lester 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Backa Andrew 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Goode Kenneth 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McCormack Lenard 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Nicholson Fred 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Spence Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Dunlap Robert 1928 Colchester Kempton or Riversdale Fell off tub in shaft
Fraser John Clarence 1938 Inverness Port Hood or Henderson Fall of stone
MacDonald Donald R. 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Archibald A. 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Poirier Joseph 1941 Inverness Inverness Crushed between machine amd chock pack
Aird Finlay 1907 Inverness Inverness Fell from riding rake on main slope
Gilliam Robert date unknown Inverness Inverness cause not recorded
MacDonald James 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Daniel C. 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Powelle (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Assiff Joseph 1921 Inverness Inverness Hit by rake on level, died 2 days later
Gillies Angus 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
MacDougall Peter 1934 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Gas explosion
McIsaac Daniel A. or Danile 1936 Inverness Port Hood Killed by file shot
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Beaton Malcolm 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Gillis Dan A. 1907 Inverness Inverness Fatally injured riding in empty trip, rope broke
MacDougall Hugh G. or Hugh C. 1934 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
McIsaac Dougald 1939 Inverness Inverness Jammed; died 2 days later
Quigley James 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Crushed between engine drum and rope
Beaumeister Otto 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
Gillis Dan A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal and rock in pillars
MacKinnon Angus 1945 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Fall of stone
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Ross Angus 1913 Inverness Inverness Stepped in front of moving balance box
Cameron J.J. 1903 Inverness Mabou Caught by box on slope
Gillis Lauchlin 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed

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