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
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Tracey William 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by full trip
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Frew William 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Ferguson William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
McGillvary William 2nd 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Rushton William A. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
MacDonald or Greenwood William A. 1933 Pictou County Milford Fall of stone
Cope William A. 1922 Cumberland Victoria Caught between roof and car on slope, died 30 days later
Cameron William Archibald 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Caught by revolving wheel on main driving shaft of screen engine under bankhouse
Downs William B. 1910 Pictou County Albion Scalded or burned, causes unknown; a machinist making repairs
Muirhead William B. 1912 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Runaway empty box on Drummond #1 slope; 1 of 2 killed
MacDonald William B. 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Campbell William C. 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Trip of boxes
Ross William D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Robbins William F. 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Canning William G. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Found dead in mine
Tower William H. 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Strong William H. 1878 Cumberland Springhill Killed on surface
Turner William H. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Cottenden William J. 1953 Cumberland Springhill (Cumberland Railway & Coal) Electricity, on surface
Peach William J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Nelson William J. 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between boom and car
MacDonald William J. 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Maiden William J. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mitchell William James 1925 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip of boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Aucoin William Joseph 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of roof
Fraser William K. 1898 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Cochrane William L. 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by mine machinery
Cunningham William M. 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock on mail level
Terris William R. 1952 Pictou County McGregor Killed by haulage
Reid William S. 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of coal
Marshall Willian 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Caught between cage and roof
Deveau Willie V. 1966 Inverness Evans Mine Killed by haulage
Bates Willis 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
McLean Wilmont 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
O'Connor Wilmot 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Beaton Wilson 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Sample Winton 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Dickson Wlliam 1927 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Struck by rake
Mitetski Woosyl 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Wadystan Wyercbick 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion

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