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)sort descending Year County Mine Cause
Megeney Vernour 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck and Run over by rake
Heyne Victor 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Humblet Victor 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Barrett Victor 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Moseychuck Victor 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Henwood Victor 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Millard Victor 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
McCormick Vin 1893 Cape Breton County International Fall of roof coal at face; also recorded as 1894
Lewis Vincent 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Caught between tram and prop
Ricleslts Vincent 1913 Cumberland Scotia (possibly Cape Breton County) Fall of stone
Riciselts Vincent 1913 Cape Breton County Scotia (possibly Cumberland Co.) Fall of stone
MacDonald Vincent 1931 Cape Breton County Florence Struck by coal from a shot
McPherson Vincent 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Harte Vincent 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Riciselts Vincent 1913 Cape Breton County Scotia (possibly Cumberland Co.) Fall of stone
O'Leary Vincent 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Haulage
Wierschbizki Vladislow 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McIntyre W. 1868 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed by machinery
Boutilier W. 1879 Cape Breton County Reserve Taking down coal loosened by shot
Amon W. 1921 Pictou County Acadia No. 1 Buried 4 hours under fall, died at home in evening
Burridge W. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip
Jackson W. C. 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Dunbar W. Sr 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Griffiths Wallace 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Keddy Wallace 1942 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
McGilvray or MacGillivray Wallace 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
White Wallace 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Struck by arch boom
Walczak Wallace 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Clarke Walter 1942 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by box
Bulmer Walter 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck by ginney (aka jinney or jig) or prop
Stewart Walter 1935 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Fall of stone
Head Walter 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Crushed between box and chock
Brown Walter 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by a runaway trip
Sutherland Walter 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Young Walter 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Eveley Walter 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Ledger Walter 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Davidson Walter 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Linthorne Walter 1969 Pictou County McBean Caught in coal-cutting machine
Purdy Walter Charles 1921 Cumberland St. George Struck by piece of coal blown off by shot
Budd Walter R. 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Clarke Warde 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Hyatt Warren 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Miskin Wasil 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord; 1 of 2 killed
Kohusz Wasye 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Caught between two boxes
Pohoronz Wasyl 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Stostak Wasyl 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal and stone
Mills Wayne 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Raeshore Wayne 1982 Cape Breton County Prince
Conway Wayne Michael 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion

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