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
Ackles Charles 1909 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Killed by runaway box
Munro Charles 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed by full box of coal
Gouthro Charles 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck and run over by full coal box
Bourgisk Charles 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord; 1 of 2 killed
Cassidy Charles 1941 Pictou County Albion Driver, injured on his job, died after; "died of shock"
Jewell Charles 1920 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Vine Charles 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Dye Charles 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Killed by cars on surface, in colliery yard
Rose Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Potts Charles 1915 Pictou County Albion Crushed by a trip of coal
MacNeil Charles 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Carmichael Charles 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Crushed by machinery
Davidson Charles 1894 Pictou County Acadia Squeezed by a box of timber
Lindsay Charles 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Halliday Charles 1945 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by rake
Burton Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Pettigrew Charles 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Lockhart Charles 1874 Cumberland Scotia (Northern) Fall of coal
Curry Charles 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Burke Charles 1883 Cumberland Joggins Fall of coal
Jones Charles 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone, died 6-7 weeks later
Lee Charles 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of coal
Nash Charles 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McLeod Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McKay Charles 1913 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a riding rake
Roberts Charles D. 1925 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Carpenter; struck by wood thrown from circular saw
Gates Charles E. 1943 Cumberland Strathcona No. 2 Fall of stone
Paul Charles E. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Lyons Charles F. 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face, died 5 days later
LeBlanc Charles F. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Penny Charles J. 1927 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Caldwell Charles J. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Bump
Boutilier Charles Jr. 1956 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
Stevens Charles L. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Fraser Charles Robert 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
MacDonald Charles V. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by railway car; or jammed between 2 railway cars
Harrison Chesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hines Chesley 1963 Cape Breton County Electrical Dept, DOSCO Miscellaneous
Styles Clair 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Adamson Clare or Carl 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Carter Clarence 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Boyd Clarence 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
White Clarence 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Welch Clarence 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
McGrath Clarence 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLeod Clarence 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Williams Clarie 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of sotne
Jerrold Clement 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by empty mine car
Barcey Clement 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion

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