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
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Conway John 1868 Cape Breton County Aspe Bay Explosion of powder
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
Ferguson Allen 1896 Cape Breton County Caledonia Struck by part of junk while loading
Johnstone Thomas 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Hilliar Joseph 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia
Howie Alexander 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by runaway coal wagon in east deep
Finlay Bart 1902 Cape Breton County Harbour Seam Fall of stone from roof
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
Warren Edward 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McVarish J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Run over by box
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
McMullin John 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Bartlett John C. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Johnston James 1908 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured by air pipe bursting, died a month later
Seaman Max 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electric wire
McLean Dan S. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 While connecting wire, shotfirer fired
Connors John 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by motor, died a few hours after
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
McPhee Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and roof, died a few hours later
Neal John 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 2 (Lloyd's Cove) Struck by runaway box
Foster John A. 1912 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
McLean Edward 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Campbell James 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Leemore Ferdinand 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Gouthro Servine 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Ramsay William 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Campbell M. S. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
Collins ingraham 1917 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Curry Michael 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McDonald Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
O'Leary Michael 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Whalen John R. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McPherson Moses 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Spencer George 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Run over by horse and loaded box
Bonner Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Boutilier John 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone caused by runaway boxes
Campbell Ronald 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by horse-hauled mine car
Seldon George 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone from roof in room
Pace Alexander W. 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
McDonald Lewis 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Penny Charles J. 1927 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
McDougall John J. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Hit by a small stone
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
Gillespie James 1929 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track

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