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
Smillie Thomas 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by a haulage rope
Smith Isaac 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Struck by trip of coal boxes
Smith Josiah 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway mine car
Smith Albert 1919 Cape Breton County Florence, on surface Burnt at boiler doors, died 7 days later
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Smith Angus 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Smith James 1901 Pictou County Vale Crushed between a box and a rib
Smith Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Smith Howard 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
Smith John J. 1926 Pictou County Allan Shaft Coal fall that had him buried for 2 hours
Smith Thomas B. 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Died in pit from natural causes
Smith Edward 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Smith Arnold S. 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between box and timbe
Smith George 1923 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Snellgrove James 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Painter; injured by ventilating fan
Snow Albert Joseph 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Run over by trip
Snow John W. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track
Snow John 1972 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26
Soloman David Allen 1928 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Run over by a full trip of boxes
Spellman James 1912 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Runaway empty box on Drummond #1 slope; 1 of 2 killed
Spence Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
Spence Ernel 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Spence Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Spencer George 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Run over by horse and loaded box
Spiccochi Higo 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 or Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Spoors Mat 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Stanislaw Edward 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Stanton James 1892 Pictou County Albion Under engine hit by hoppers and run over
Steele James 1936 Cape Breton County North Sydney Pier Falling into pocket
Steele Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Steele Malcolm 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured from premature shot
Steele John J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Steele Hugh 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 By full trip
Steineff Audrey 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Stephenhardt or Stephenson or Tyopenhart Joseph 1939 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Hit by overhead iron booms, died 3 days later
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
Stephenson John E. 1912 Cumberland Scotia Fall of stone
Stevens Freeman 1942 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Struck by rake
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Stevens Hugh "Dulie" Arthur 1978 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Accident, blasting incident; died 29 days later
Stevens Eldon 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Stevens Charles L. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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