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
Walsh Joseph 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Copely David 1918 Cape Breton County Scotia (Sydney Mines) Fall of stone
Pohoronz Wasyl 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
McInnis Daniel 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Desmond Frank 1922 Cape Breton County Greener Empty box passed over him, died 28 days later in hospital
Hest Joseph 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Struck by runaway car, near landing
McNeil Michael K. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone in room
McDonald Daniel A. 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Killed by coal tipple on bankhead
Martell Louis 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Falling pit timber
Young James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Squeezed between prop and trip
Lee Charles 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of coal
Phalen Edward 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
McDonald Arch. B. 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by a full box
Ferguson Donald J. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Hamilton Thomas 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McDonald Henry 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Kicked by a horse
Hines Thomas J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Scott Leslie 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from rib
Dow Lawrence 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall off roof
Fry Stanley G. 1937 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Marsh Thomas 1938 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Struck by trip
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
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
Currie Angus 1868 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
McLean Joseph 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
McNeil Roderick 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
MacKinnon Neil 1888 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by trip
McCormick Vin 1893 Cape Breton County International Fall of roof coal at face; also recorded as 1894
McKinnon Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of coal from pillar

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