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 ascending Year County Mine Cause
McLeod Varley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Sedlak Valent 1960 Pictou County McBean Conflict with underground haulage
Russell unknown 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Carbon monoxide after methane explosion 1of 2 killed
MacLeod unknown 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone from shaft wall being excavated as they were sinking the shaft
McCarney unknown 1866 Pictou County Above ground, at Acadia wharf Fell and struck his head
Luddington Truman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Salcon Trifon 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Jahn Trevor Martin 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Shuparski Tony 1938 Pictou County McGregor dropped dead
Moro Tino 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Fahey Timothy 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Dalling Timothy 1927 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by riding on coal trip which derailed
Howatt Timothy 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
LeBlanc Tillman 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Haulage rope injury
Nicholson Thomas N. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Strang Thomas L. 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Donkey runner; caught in rope on drum
Adderly Thomas Jr 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hines Thomas J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Pearson Thomas Edgar 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Leg broken by trip, died 5 days later in hospital
O'Brien Thomas E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Pulmonary embolism
Porter Thomas D. 1945 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by rake
Smith Thomas B. 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Died in pit from natural causes
Corkin Thomas A. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Crummey or Crominey Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Murphy Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Guthro Thomas 1887 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of frozen clay; 1 of 2 killed
McPhee Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and roof, died a few hours later
Rogers Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Brown Thomas 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Dwyer Thomas 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Hawes Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone in pillar
Ryan Thomas 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Blackwood Thomas 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Yacick Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal, head and back hurt, accidental death
Carpenter Thomas 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Durham Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Sullivan Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Bell Thomas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Campbell Thomas 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Fletcher Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Marshall Thomas 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Cassey Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McLeod Thomas 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of stone
White Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
McKay Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Connors Thomas 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Brown Thomas 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Shaw Thomas 1958 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage

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