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
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wilkie William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Jones William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Stevenson William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Luffman William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Forrest William 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Stevens William 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Turnbull William 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Roache or Roche William 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Dixon William 1918 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Runaway trip
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
McDonald William 1887 Cumberland Springhill Fall of coal from face
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Whittle William 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Morrison William 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Struck by box
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Driscol or Driscoll William 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Slipped from car, wheels passed over him
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Hurley William 1913 Cumberland Lawson Tube of boiler burst
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box

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