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 ascending Mine Cause
Dixon Alex 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone
Large August 1921 Inverness Inverness Fall down chute
McDonnell Dan 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
McNeil John 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Crushed by full boxes of coal
Doucet J. S. 1941 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone
LeBlanc Joseph 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Found dead in boiler room; may have fallen
McDougall Daniel 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Fraser Robert 1909 Inverness Inverness Fall of roof coal; bled to death from injuries
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Neil 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Muise Patrick 1946 Inverness Inverness Killed by haulage
Fraser John Clarence 1938 Inverness Port Hood or Henderson Fall of stone
MacDonald Donald R. 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Archibald A. 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Poirier Joseph 1941 Inverness Inverness Crushed between machine amd chock pack
Aird Finlay 1907 Inverness Inverness Fell from riding rake on main slope
Gilliam Robert date unknown Inverness Inverness cause not recorded
MacDonald James 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Daniel C. 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Powelle (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Assiff Joseph 1921 Inverness Inverness Hit by rake on level, died 2 days later
Gillies Angus 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
MacDougall Peter 1934 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Gas explosion
McIsaac Daniel A. or Danile 1936 Inverness Port Hood Killed by file shot
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Beaton Malcolm 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Gillis Dan A. 1907 Inverness Inverness Fatally injured riding in empty trip, rope broke
MacDougall Hugh G. or Hugh C. 1934 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
McIsaac Dougald 1939 Inverness Inverness Jammed; died 2 days later
Quigley James 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Crushed between engine drum and rope
Beaumeister Otto 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
Gillis Dan A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal and rock in pillars
MacKinnon Angus 1945 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Fall of stone
McKenzie William 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Ross Angus 1913 Inverness Inverness Stepped in front of moving balance box
Cameron J.J. 1903 Inverness Mabou Caught by box on slope
Gillis Lauchlin 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
MacLean Duncan 1907 Inverness Inverness See D.A. McLean, 1908, possibly a duplicate
McKinnon Dan 1937 Inverness Inverness Struck by runaway box
Shea James 1867 Inverness Port Hood Crushed by machinery
Cameron Archie 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
Gillis Simon D. 1920 Inverness Inverness Fall of rock
McDonald A. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McKinnon Daniel S. 1945 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Fall of stone
Stuart Kenneth 1901 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway wagon in bottom of slope
Campbell John 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Jones Harry 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone and coal, No 7 balance, No 5 E level
McDonald D. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McKinnon Lauchlin 1947 Inverness Campbell or No. 4 Fall of roof

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