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
Aspinall James 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
O'Connor Wilmot 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Todd Matther 1941 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Fall of stone
McDonald John A. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 fall of stone
McAskill Malcolm 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
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
MacKay Earl 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Browner Thomas 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Mine machinery
Carey George 1947 Cape Breton County Florence Bankhead (surface)
Coffin Louis 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Califf Velco 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Harris Charles 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Beaver John 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McKinnon Laurence 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Murrant Edgar 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Walczak Wallace 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Marsh Russel 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Chiasson Arthur 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
MacDougall Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Smith Arnold S. 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between box and timbe
MacKenzie Earl C. 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
MacDonald Charles V. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by railway car; or jammed between 2 railway cars
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Conway John 1868 Cape Breton County Aspe Bay Explosion of powder
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
Ferguson Allen 1896 Cape Breton County Caledonia Struck by part of junk while loading
Johnstone Thomas 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Hilliar Joseph 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia
Howie Alexander 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by runaway coal wagon in east deep
Finlay Bart 1902 Cape Breton County Harbour Seam Fall of stone from roof
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
Warren Edward 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McVarish J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Run over by box
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
McMullin John 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Dumphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
McIntosh Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney & Louisburg Railway (Mine)? Killed by express train, Glace Bay Crossing
Steineff Audrey 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Ross Curtis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire
Groves Frank 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Shot blew through on slant containing water, partly driven between main slope, drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Stewart Wilkie 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Tally boy, age 14; jammed between tub and tipple at pit head
McPhee Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and roof, died a few hours later
Neal John 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 2 (Lloyd's Cove) Struck by runaway box
Foster John A. 1912 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
McLean Edward 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Campbell James 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Leemore Ferdinand 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone

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