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
Stewart James 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by coal boxes
Corbett Angus 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Caught in conveyor belt
Walker James 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Patey Robert 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Morrison Richard 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Karrel James 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
McKenzie Hugh A. 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Connors Thomas 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Cathcart Michael 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
McDonald John 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Roman George 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by box
McIntyre Rod 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
MacKenzie Norman J. 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
McIsaac James 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Hayes Matthew 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Raggar Max 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
McKinnon Colin 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Vickers Leonard 1956 Cape Breton County Franklin Fall of stone
Bates Willis 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Boyd Clarence 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Young Daniel 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Hines Chesley 1963 Cape Breton County Electrical Dept, DOSCO Miscellaneous
Barcey Clement 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Benoit Bennie Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Breen Michael 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Rock fall
Cameron Alexander 1888 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Overground as a boiler was being lowered
Carr John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Collin Andrew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cummings Hector 1874 Pictou County Vale Crash of runaway rake on main slope
Delmouth Arthur 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Dunn Philip 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Flinn or Flynn Garnett 1883 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Fraser Albert 1890 Pictou County Black Diamond Riding on a coal trip which jumped track
Gillis Peter 1884 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Hale Joseph W. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hayes Norman 1913 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by hoisting cage on balance
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Johnson Eugene William 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Lackie or Lackey James 1925 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof of a pillar; 1 of 2 killed
Lewis William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lycom Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
MacEachern John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
MacKenzie Hugh 1911 Pictou County Vale Riding an empty trip that derailed
MacLeod unknown 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone from shaft wall being excavated as they were sinking the shaft
Martin Glenn David 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McDonald Murdock 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McInnis Peter 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLellan John A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion

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