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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Surnamesort descending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Wilson Henry J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck on head by stone
Wilson John 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Wilson James 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally injured by full rake of boxes
Wilson Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Wilson James 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally hurt by a full rake of boxes
Wilson Nelson 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed on surface by haulage rope used to convey cars under screens
Winter Edward 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal; possibly in Cumberland County
Winter Edward 1872 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Fall of coal
Winters Daniel 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Winton Robert 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Witstanley John T. 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Wood George 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wood Jasper E. or R. 1919 Cumberland St. George Fell down slope, died 1 day later
Wood David Edgar 1924 Cumberland Strathcona Fall of roof
Wood Arthur or Thomas W. 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Wooden John 1918 Pictou County Greenwood roof fall
Woodfine Solomon 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Woodland Herbert 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Works Howard 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Wright James 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Wry Edgar 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wry Henry 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wynn Richard 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Pick boy; Run over by full box
Yacick Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal, head and back hurt, accidental death
Yak Nicholas 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Yakubaski John 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fractured ankle, infection and shock, died 27 days later
Yorke Eugene I. 1932 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone on Longwall
Young Fred 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Young Walter 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Young George 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Young Michael 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Run over by trip while trying to get on it
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
Young Michael F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Young John A. 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of timber
Young Ninian 1919 Inverness Inverness Injured by dynamite shot; died a day later.
Young Thomas 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by runaway box
Young James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Squeezed between prop and trip
Young Thomas 1870 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Young Archie 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of coal
Young Daniel 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Young Alex 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Zanicol Barnado 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Zomoskie Peter 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Zusic or Zusie Thomas 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Zyales Stainslaw 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Zyales Stainslaw 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone

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