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
Ackles Charles 1909 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Killed by runaway box
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Adams John 1888 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Adamson Clare or Carl 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Adderly Thomas Jr 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Adey Benjamin 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Admino Athmis 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Aexter Alex 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Explosion
Aird Finlay 1907 Inverness Inverness Fell from riding rake on main slope
Alderson or Anderson Ephriam 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip
Alexander Gust 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal off rib
Allen James 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Electrical
Allen Fidele 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Allen Arthur J. 1951 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Allen Frank 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Alt Herman 1928 Pictou County Albion Struck by wood thrown from circular saw (on the surface)
Amey Arthur 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Amon W. 1921 Pictou County Acadia No. 1 Buried 4 hours under fall, died at home in evening
Anderson Daniel 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Anderson James R. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Anderson Andrew 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Killed by fall of roof stone in room
Anderson Arthur 1891 Cumberland Springhill, East Slope No.1 Gas and coal dust explosion
Andreggo Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by runaway box
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Andrews Archibald 1926 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by metal that fell off ascending cage or chuck falling down shaft
Andrews Stanley 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Natural Causes
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Angelo Gaeton 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Angelo Michael 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Arkley Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Hip dislocated by fall, died in hospital after 2 days
Armishaw Herbert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Gas and coal dust explosion
Armishaw Herbert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Massive gas and coal dust explosioni
Armishaw Jesse 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Arsenault John 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between box and prop
Arsenault Arsene 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between trip and prop
Arseneau Alex 1916 Cumberland Victoria Fall of roof
Arthrell Edward 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Ashworth Richard 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Aspinall James 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Assemmather Fawl 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Assiff Joseph 1921 Inverness Inverness Hit by rake on level, died 2 days later
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
Aucoin William Joseph 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of roof
Aucoin Dan F. 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Auld Angus 1931 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of stone
Aylward Ralph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Babb John 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Bacarro Guissippi 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between trip and door

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