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
Parsons James 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Fraser Hugh 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
MacEachern Donald 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Rowe Simon J. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
MacMillan Angus R. 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Desmond Herbert 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McSween Alex 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Construction
Slade Elijah 1955 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Cameron Angus 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Sutherland David 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
McInnis Donald 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Campbell Joseph 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Mechanical
Howie Thomas 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
MacIntyre Murdock 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between timber and box
Baxter Robert 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
MacInnis John F. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by empty mine car trip
MacLean Alexander 1980 Cape Breton County Prince Crushed by bucket against wall of shaft
McIntyre W. 1868 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed by machinery
Neville john 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
Millville Edward 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McDonald Hugh 1889 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal
Boutilier John 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Firedamp escaped from submerged district; (methane poisoning)
McLennan Philip 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of roof coal while loading
McAulay Malcolm 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Nolan John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Coal fall in room, died next day
McDonald John B. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Struck by falling roof stone while undercutting with machine
Long George 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Scalded by boiler explosion, died 9 days later 1 of 3 killed
Rickets John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by fall of coal
McVicar Alexander 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of coal from face
Vickers Edward 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Vickers Alexander 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed trying to jump on a full trip
Strople Ralph 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Girdinetti G. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Baxendale Ellis 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Arkley Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Hip dislocated by fall, died in hospital after 2 days
McKenzie Hector 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Electric switch
Hamilton James 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Shot blew through on slant containing water, partly driven between main slope, drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Howlett Robert 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone fractured skull
Smart John 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip of coal
Enion Benjamin 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal from face
Bushar Patrick 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Mini Francisco 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Electric wire
Nazoff Castro 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Jammed between box and roof
Zyales Stainslaw 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Anderson Daniel 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
McDonald Mark 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of roof
Smith Isaac 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Struck by trip of coal boxes
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
Angelo Gaeton 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Delaney George 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion

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