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
McKay Donald 2nd 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McVey James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Noiles Roger 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Simmons or Simmonds Howard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Costigan Richard 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by timber lowered down slope
Milley John 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck and run over by rake on main slope
Hannah Joseph 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed instantly by being run over by hopper
Paul Percy 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Dominion No. 2, Surface Smothered in culm car
Piggot Richard 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Bourgisk Charles 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord; 1 of 2 killed
Willigher Mark 1927 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Cause not recorded
Brian or Bryan Joseph 1935 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Motor exploded on back slope
Lewis John F. 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Crushed between trip and air line
Dean George W. 1946 Cumberland Springhill No .4 Fall of coal
Nicholson Thomas N. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Boutilier Gerald L. 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed on surface
Crummey Joseph 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Milton Logan 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Tabor Hollis 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Gerhardt Joseph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Maddison John 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Miller Bernard 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Ross St. Clair 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Dunlap Robert 1928 Colchester Kempton or Riversdale Fell off tub in shaft
Doucet J. S. 1941 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone
LeBlanc Joseph 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Found dead in boiler room; may have fallen
McDougall Daniel 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Fraser Robert 1909 Inverness Inverness Fall of roof coal; bled to death from injuries
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Neil 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Muise Patrick 1946 Inverness Inverness Killed by haulage
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

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