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
McDonald James 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; maybe 4th man killed in an explosion or is a separate explosion
Holley Edward 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Driving when box derailed, knocked out prop, roof fell, killing him
Carroll William 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
McLellan James 1897 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of coal from pillar
Child 1908 Cape Breton County Caledonia Polish child, age 2; killed by cars on the surface
Aexter Alex 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Explosion
Vitus Armond 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Batchford David 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Modesto Antonio 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Bond Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal
Murphy John R. 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at face
Murphy John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Chiasson Elezare 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Pusher, killed by improperly spragged box
Petrie James 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
Cronius Stephen 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of roof
Butts Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Fraser George 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McLeod John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Reynolds Silas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McNeil Peter A. 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Runaway trip
McDougald Stephen 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion Coal Company shaft Stone fell from wall
McDonald Hugh 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Severed artery in foot
Neal George 1921 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Fall down shaft
Whalen Matthew 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, lower seam, Sydney Mines Fall of stone from roof
Collier Alfred 1923 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Fall of coal from roof in room
Smith Josiah 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway mine car
Jessoe James 1925 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
McNeil Michael 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Clark James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Pendergrast John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
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
Angelo Michael 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Brown Walter 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by a runaway trip
Clark Edward 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by trip
Jacobi Jacob 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Caught under riding rake
Paul George 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of coal
Lewis Vincent 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Caught between tram and prop
Brown George 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Beaton Philip 1939 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 1 Caught between 2 cars, died 3 days later
Batten Joseph P. 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Kane Roy 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Deveaux Joseph 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Lamey Joseph 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
McInnis Hugh 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Crushed between derailed box and timber
McDougall Daniel R. 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall from bankhead (surface)
White Clarence 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Morgan George 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
McIntyre Adrian 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage

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