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) Year Countysort descending Mine Cause
Dawson Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hayden John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKay H. J. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McVey James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Noiles Roger 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Simmons or Simmonds Howard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Costigan Richard 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by timber lowered down slope
Milley John 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck and run over by rake on main slope
Hannah Joseph 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed instantly by being run over by hopper
Paul Percy 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Dominion No. 2, Surface Smothered in culm car
Piggot Richard 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Bourgisk Charles 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord; 1 of 2 killed
Willigher Mark 1927 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Cause not recorded
Brian or Bryan Joseph 1935 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Motor exploded on back slope
Lewis John F. 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Crushed between trip and air line
Dean George W. 1946 Cumberland Springhill No .4 Fall of coal
Nicholson Thomas N. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
Boutilier Gerald L. 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed on surface
Crummey Joseph 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Milton Logan 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Tabor Hollis 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Gerhardt Joseph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Maddison John 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Miller Bernard 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Ross St. Clair 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Brown Amos 1892 Cumberland Joggins Runaway rake in slope
Wood Arthur or Thomas W. 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
LeBlanc Henry J. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
McKeigan George Hector 1978 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Fall of stone
Strong William H. 1878 Cumberland Springhill Killed on surface
Guthro Thomas 1887 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of frozen clay; 1 of 2 killed
Carmichael Andrew 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dawson Richard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hunter John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKay Donald 2nd 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Miller James Sr. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Overs James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Smith Edward 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hopkins George 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of coal from working face
Furlong Frank 1901 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Scalded with steam
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Gilroy Joseph 1911 Cumberland Springhill Jammed by cars
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Davidonkow Pichon 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord
Dickson Wlliam 1927 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Struck by rake
Lutes Morton M. or Norton 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Trapper, Struck by trip at 8300-ft trap door
Fowler Richard 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Crushed while working on screens
Leggett Herbert 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed

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