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
Reynolds Wesley 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hunter Wesley 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Hunter Whylie or Wylie 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
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
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Cherrie William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 killed at the 2400-foot level
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Hall William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Run over by full box
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Carmichael William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Carrigan William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Kent William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion

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