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
Schima or Schimo Wenzel 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Schobarlietner Frank 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Scott Leslie 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from rib
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Scott Joseph 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Scully James 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Scully or Soully John 1885 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Run over by cage
Seaman Max 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electric wire
Sedlak Valent 1960 Pictou County McBean Conflict with underground haulage
Sedosky Stephen 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
Seldon George 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone from roof in room
Sellars Nich 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Semenuk Mike 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Sennio Antonio 1914 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Died in Halifax in 1914
Seward Peter 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Seward John 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Run over by empty trip
Shanahan James 1882 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Fall of stone from roof
Shannon George "Happy" 1921 Cumberland Joggins Electrocuted by shock from cable on pavement
Sharpe Clifford 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Sharpe Arthur 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Sharples James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Shaw Elias 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Scalded by steam
Shaw Thomas 1958 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Shea James 1867 Inverness Port Hood Crushed by machinery
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sherlock Robert A. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Shipley Archibald 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Shoder Martin 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
Short Romeo Andrew 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Shuparski Tony 1938 Pictou County McGregor dropped dead
Simmons or Simmonds Howard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Simpson John 1866 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagons
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Simpson Robert 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal while drawing pillar
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sinclair or St. Clair John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Skacun Mitro 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Skelton or Skilton Hollis T. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Skidmore Kenneth 1942 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Skinner Job 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Skinner Richard 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Slade Elijah 1955 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
Sloan Dan 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Small John D. 1900 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Smart John 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip of coal
Smeyers Pierre 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone

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