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
Colburn William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Mintis William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
McDonald William 1887 Cumberland Springhill Fall of coal from face
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Lewis William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Cherrie William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 killed at the 2400-foot level
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
McNamara William 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Kelloway William 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Struck by box
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Burchill or Birchill William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Kendell William 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft

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