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
McDonald John 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Caught between full trip and prop
Evans George 1899 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face of room
Jameson Hector 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
McPherson D.J. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed while examining shaft on top of cage when cage in motion
McGowan Harry 1902 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone from roof
Nicholson Norman 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Broken back, died 11 weeks later
Fitzgerald Laurence 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Ireland Dan 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by box
Wilson Nelson 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed on surface by haulage rope used to convey cars under screens
Broderick R. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Snow William 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
MacLeod Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
Wilson Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Johnson Angus 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
Farrell Sebastien 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Cibarro Stephano 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Murphy Brian 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Wilkowski Albert 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Taking box off cage, caught between box and rib
McDonald John 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Stostak Wasyl 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal and stone
Chiasson Pat 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip
Ghyseis August 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone at face
Admino Athmis 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
McKinnon J. J. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electric shock, died 4 days later
Jewer Rich. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Shunter, killed by car on surface
Murphy John H. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Cherry Matthew 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Gillis James 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Miller Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Sinclair or St. Clair John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Clarke Warde 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
McIntyre Joseph 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion 2 and 9 pityard (surface) Jammed between wall and superintendent''s auto
McCormack Stephen 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Dropped dead coming up the travelling-way
Cameron John 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Harte Vincent 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Curran John 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face of room
Blinkhorn Arthur 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
McInnes Michael 1926 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Trip of boxes left rails
Cameron Fred 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Run over by trip
MacDougall John 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof, died almost 6 months later
Greene Mark 1928 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Methane explosion
Holland Alexander 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Moro Tino 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Ross Frank 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Stanislaw Edward 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Wheelicker George 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall from roof
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face
Caporallo Alex 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Doucett Patrick 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Hit by trip
Fraser John 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Drawing chocks out of a gob

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