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
Morrison Daniel J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by a man-rake
Taylor John S. 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
McDonald Colin 1936 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
McDonald David 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Struck by trip
Thistle Silas 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Morrison Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Hogan James 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Run over by riding rake, died 2 days later
Gordon Henry 1941 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Boone John 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed
Whalen Emmanuel 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Tally boy; Crushed between box and loader (likely on surface)
Gillis Henry 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Crushed between trip and rubbing rail
Oliver William 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
Luscombe Edmund Clarence 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and timber
Peddle Arthur 1946 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Ransome James H. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Doboi Andrew 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
O'Handley Malcolm 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Roach John 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Young John A. 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of timber
Martel James 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Construction
McLean Wilmont 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Boutilier Ben 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Boozan Leo 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
MacLean John J. 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Hit by an empty trip
Stoker Matthew 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Natural Causes
Matheson James E. 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage: Struck by a trip of material
Sharpe Clifford 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Gallant Sheldon 1988 Cape Breton County Lingan Hit on head
White Morris 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of methane
MacIver Norman 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal
McCormack Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
Morrison Daniel 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by tub due to broken rope
Josso John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal in room
McKinnon Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald John 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Caught between full trip and prop
Evans George 1899 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face of room
Jameson Hector 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
McPherson D.J. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed while examining shaft on top of cage when cage in motion
McGowan Harry 1902 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone from roof
Nicholson Norman 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Broken back, died 11 weeks later
Fitzgerald Laurence 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Ireland Dan 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by box
Wilson Nelson 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed on surface by haulage rope used to convey cars under screens
Broderick R. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
MacLeod Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
Wilson Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Johnson Angus 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
Farrell Sebastien 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member

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