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
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
Welch Clarence 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2, #1 seam Killed by haulage
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Daken or Dakin Gilbert 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Morse Russell 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Aylward Ralph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Gillis Gus 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Marshall Thomas 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Mooring Carl 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Nicholson Phillip 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone
Doyle John 1917 Cumberland Kimberly Fall of stone, died 6 days later
Kralicek or Krawlick Emil or Emile 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Stewart Walter 1935 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Fall of stone
Burbine Joseph 1969 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Died of natural causes in mine
Bigney Robert 1881 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Rope broke on cage
Adams John 1888 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dunn John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Johnson James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKinnon Allen 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mitchell John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Piquinot James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Swift Henry 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Tebo or Tebe James 1893 or 1894 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Full box struck prop from under boom
Sweet Eben 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall down chute
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Bulmer Walter 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck by ginney (aka jinney or jig) or prop
Gabriel Alexander 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Melanson Melos 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone from crosscut roof
Fagon Edward 1930 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Fall of roof; 1 of 2 killed
Budd Walter R. 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Megeney Vernour 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck and Run over by rake
McGraw Ernest 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Casey James W. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Reese Lloyd 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Dawson Gerald 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Nelson Lester 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion

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