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
McLeod Rory 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mott Ernest 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ripley Clifford 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Vance Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Melanson Dosithe 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Bratcher George 1907 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Suffocated by gas
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Blue Duncan 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by runaway rake
Smith George 1923 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Ross Edward 1939 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of rock, died 4 days later
Rushton William A. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Crosson or Crossin Harry 1950 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Cottenden William J. 1953 Cumberland Springhill (Cumberland Railway & Coal) Electricity, on surface
Alderson or Anderson Ephriam 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Glennie Avard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Spence Ernel 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Bryan Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Henwood Harlan 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McFarlane Roy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Raper Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Tabor Raymond 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Dunlap Robert 1928 Colchester Kempton or Riversdale Fell off tub in shaft
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
MacLean Duncan 1907 Inverness Inverness See D.A. McLean, 1908, possibly a duplicate
McKinnon Dan 1937 Inverness Inverness Struck by runaway box
Shea James 1867 Inverness Port Hood Crushed by machinery
Cameron Archie 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
Gillis Simon D. 1920 Inverness Inverness Fall of rock
McDonald A. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McKinnon Daniel S. 1945 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Fall of stone
Stuart Kenneth 1901 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway wagon in bottom of slope
Campbell John 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Jones Harry 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone and coal, No 7 balance, No 5 E level
McDonald D. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McKinnon Lauchlin 1947 Inverness Campbell or No. 4 Fall of roof
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
Keating Edward 1914 Inverness Inverness Cage struck timber, knocking roof down
McDonald Ranald or Ronald 1911 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal; head crushed
McLean D.A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone from roof in tunnel to 13-foot seam
Watts Alexander 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box

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