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 descending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Brown Leo 1919 Pictou County Albion Struck by a cage in a balance
Brown Murdock 1934 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Struck on head when taking coal to chute
Brown David 1939 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
Brown Albert 1960 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Brown George D. 1926 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Brown Charles 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
Brown Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Brown Thomas 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Brown Robert 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Run over by trip
Brown Amos 1892 Cumberland Joggins Runaway rake in slope
Browner Thomas 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Mine machinery
Brunt Andrew 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Brunt Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Bryan Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Bryne George 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed between rail cars on surface
Buchanan Michael 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Budd Alonzo 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Budd Walter R. 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Budden Leonard 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Buenivego or Buenivege Antoine 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Buko Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Bulmer Walter 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck by ginney (aka jinney or jig) or prop
Bunton Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Massive gas and coal dust explosioni
Burbine Joseph 1969 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Died of natural causes in mine
Burbine John 1913 Cumberland Joggins Runaway boxes
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
Burchill or Birchill William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Burgoyne Nelson 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Burke James J. 1940 Cumberland Victoria Undetermined
Burke Frederick John 1957 Cumberland Bayview Fall of stone
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Burke Charles 1883 Cumberland Joggins Fall of coal
Burke Andrew 1917 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by rail car on surface
Burkett "young" 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Burkhart Amos 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Burney George 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Burney John W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by fall of top coal and stone
Burns Patrick 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed by passing rake
Burns Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Burns George 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Full box ran over him on main level
Burridge W. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip
Burrows John 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of roof stone on new balance no. 9
Burrows John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Burton John Edward 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Injured by trip
Burton Charles 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Burton James 1915 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
Bushar Patrick 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Buso Petro 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Crushed between mine car and rib, died next day

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