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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Surnamesort ascending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Reid William S. 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of coal
Reid Eugene 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Reid Joseph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid Layton 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid Lester 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Reid Frank 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Knocked down steel boom
Reid Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Regan Bruce 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Reeves James 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Reese Lloyd 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Redpath George 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Reddick Robert, Sr. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed while mining, a shot blew down on him
Rector Ruben 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Rector Rueben 1943 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Rector Daniel 1912 Cumberland Minudie Fall of stone
Rector Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Rector Samuel D. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Reashor Maurice 1968 Cape Breton County Princess Coronary heart attack
Raus George 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Iinjured by runaway box, died next day
Raper Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Ransome James H. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Ramsey James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Ralph John 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Raggar Max 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Raeshore Wayne 1982 Cape Breton County Prince
Quinn George W. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Quigley James 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Crushed between engine drum and rope
Quann Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Caught between loaded box and pillar
Pyke Pleaman 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Purvis or Purves Andrew 1956 Pictou County McGregor Caught in underground haulage
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Purvis James 1902 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Purdy Walter Charles 1921 Cumberland St. George Struck by piece of coal blown off by shot
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
Purchase Harry 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Prindle Joe 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Prentice Patrick 1923 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 2 Electric wire
Prendergast Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 End blew out of aftercooler
Power Lewis 1985 Cape Breton County Lingan Crushed
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Power James 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, hung shot
Power Andrew 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
Powelle (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Potts John 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Potts Charles 1915 Pictou County Albion Crushed by a trip of coal
Porter Archy 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box and rib
Porter Melburn Parker 1944 Cumberland Standard (Sweetcake) or Strathcona No.2 Fall of stone

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