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
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Kelloway William 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Struck by box
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Dixon William 1918 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Runaway trip
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Cherrie William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 killed at the 2400-foot level
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Burchill or Birchill William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Kendell William 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Hachey William 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal

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