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
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Roache or Roche William 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Cooke William 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Burchill or Birchill William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Tracey William 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by full trip
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Hachey William 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Driscol or Driscoll William 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Slipped from car, wheels passed over him
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Oliver William 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Walsh William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed

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