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
Young Michael F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Kelly Thomas 1984 Cape Breton County Lingan Heart Attack
Hoyt Henry 1866 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
McKinnon J. 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of coal
Bonar John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Shanahan James 1882 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Fall of stone from roof
McDonald John 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip, died next day
Campbell Peter 1894 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Caught by full tub against pillar
McPherson James 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Struck by falling piece of coal while hauling
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Bishop George 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Stone fell on him down shaft during sinking
Frost Jacob 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal rolling on him
Power James 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, hung shot
McNeil Michael L. 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by fall of roof coal
Genter Frank 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Brown Frank 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Campbell John A. 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone
Lee John 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
Philpot Nicholas 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Roache or Roche William 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
McDougall Peter 1897 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed on balance, run over by cuddy
LeBlanc Edward 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Struck by moving box
Spiccochi Higo 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 or Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
McSorley Anthony 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Caught by rope and drawn behind drum
Curry Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Gillis Peter 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire
Zyales Stainslaw 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Baldwin Philip 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Degaust Alex 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Saccrey John W. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of roof
Gardner Michael A. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
McDonald A. J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Butts Joseph L. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Ferguson Charles 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McLellan Andrew 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Pietzrak or Pietchieck Carl 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Rescue work after explosion
McDonald John 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Runaway car, died 6 days later
McLeod Daniel 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway box
Witstanley John T. 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Snow John W. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Flemming Edward 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Found dead with radial coalcutter resting on body
Walzak Albert 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone from roof in pillar work
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Skinner Richard 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Kralieck Bohuslon 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Kernekant or Heinekamp Herman 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Turner David 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Squeezed between rib and box

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