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
MacLeod Wellington 1921 Pictou County Albion Suffocated by methane under coal fall
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Nacas Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Schima or Schimo Wenzel 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Stewart Wilkie 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Tally boy, age 14; jammed between tub and tipple at pit head
Carter Willard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fanning Willard 1943 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from face
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Smith William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
Frew William 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Layton William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured while riding trip
Dixon William 1918 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Runaway trip
Holm William 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone

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