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 County Minesort descending Cause
Harroun or Ronan John 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Coupling cars, killed by moving cars
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Fraser William K. 1898 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Richmond John A. 1887 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Adams John 1888 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Smith George 1923 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Chapman George 1897 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Foster Archie 1904 Cumberland Aberdeen Caught between box and chute; died on beaching bank
Cottenden William J. 1953 Cumberland Springhill (Cumberland Railway & Coal) Electricity, on surface
Anderson Arthur 1891 Cumberland Springhill, East Slope No.1 Gas and coal dust explosion
Venus Donald W. 1961 Cumberland Syndicate Electrocution on slope
Gilroy Floyd O. 1969 Cumberland Syndicate Fall of stone
Haslam James 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Tower Thomas 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Wilson John 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
McDonald Donald 1885 Cumberland Westville or Springhill mine Died after breaking legs
White Edward or Elwood 1957 Cumberland Bayview Fall of stone
Burke Frederick John 1957 Cumberland Bayview Fall of stone
Muckle or Muckie David 1943 Cumberland Bayview Run over by trip
Dowe or Dow Elroy 1960 Cumberland Bayview No. 8 (Green Crow) Killed by haulage
Gibbons Peter 1950 Cumberland Bayview No.8 or No. 7 Killed by haulage, lived 1 day
Hudson or Hodgeson John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Burrows John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Wood Arthur or Thomas W. 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
McPhee David 1913 Cumberland Chignecto cause not recorded
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
Cormier John 1907 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between car and bankhead
Carson James 1908 Cumberland Chignecto Fell down balance
Lockhart Dan 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Killed by cage going off track
Hoeg Jesse Havelock 1959 Cumberland Cochran Fall of stone
Melanson Frank 1951 Cumberland Cochran
Hardcastle Edward 1911 Cumberland Great Northern Fall of stone
Gibson Harry 1915 Cumberland Joggins Haulage rope breaking
Sawyer George 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Joggins Suffocated by smoke
Coleman John H. 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Joggins Suffocated by smoke
White Amos 1889 Cumberland Joggins Struck by rake in slope
Terrio or Terris Samuel 1918 Cumberland Joggins 2 runaway cars, died 2 days later
Brown Amos 1892 Cumberland Joggins Runaway rake in slope
Hall William 1918 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone, died 14 hours later
Nicholson Phillip 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone
Pike Jabez 1894 Cumberland Joggins Run over by full rake
Ripley Ira 1906 Cumberland Joggins Fall of top coal
Shannon George "Happy" 1921 Cumberland Joggins Electrocuted by shock from cable on pavement
Burbine John 1913 Cumberland Joggins Runaway boxes
Burke Charles 1883 Cumberland Joggins Fall of coal
Jennings Thomas 1915 Cumberland Joggins Fall of stone
MacKenzie Daniel 1901 Cumberland Joggins No. 3
O'Regan James 1924 Cumberland Joggins No. 7 Fall of coal

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