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 Countysort descending Mine Cause
Campbell Patrick 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of methane
Livingstone Joseph 1876 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of coal
MacDougall Anthony 1872 Cape Breton County Lorway Crushed by cage
Stubbert Foreman 1884 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
Cann John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Killed by cage when descending pit
Martin John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Piece of coal from roof
Hilliar Joseph 1898 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face of room
Gillis John D. 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell out of cage when descending shaft
Leonard Alfred 1900 Cape Breton County International Killed getting in cage at pit bottom
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
Bennett Elijah 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured, died an hout later
Stubbert Matthew 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Mis-shot exploded while he was examining it
Chisholm Norman 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Prindle Joe 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Holvia John 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip
McPherson Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Killed by runaway boxes
Williamson James 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of coal
Braggs Gideon 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of coal
McDonald J.S. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
MacDougald Frank 1890 Cape Breton County Victoria; possibly Cumberland Co. Fell in front of a full trip while riding up slope
Brown Robert 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Run over by trip
Amey Arthur 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Candido Amoiesi 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fell off box that then ran over him
Riciselts Vincent 1913 Cape Breton County Scotia (possibly Cumberland Co.) Fall of stone
Neunann Gottleip 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from rib
Bond Philip 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Steele Hugh 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 By full trip
Pastusek Joseph 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and prop
Robertson E. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Oiler, clothes caught in revolving shaft (on surface)
Gardion Anglo 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by trip
McNeil Anthony 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and prop, died next day
Cameron Archibald 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Gadd Arthur 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McNeil Lauchlin 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Rose James H. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Fortune Angus 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by cage
Bigley John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by fall of stone
Edwards Benjamin 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electrocuted in power house
Richards John M. 1921 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Slipped and fell on travelling road; accident Jan. 4, died Jan. 24.
McDonald Allan 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
McNeil Roderick X. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face of room
Dwyer Thomas 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Shaw Elias 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Scalded by steam
McKenzie Dan 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by rake
Hocevar James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Brown Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Bishop james 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Snellgrove James 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Painter; injured by ventilating fan
McKenzie John H. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Run over by trip

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