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
MacPhail Clinton 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Salon John 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Hudson Alfred 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Falling chuck blocks
Keigan Charles 1962 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Oliver Joseph 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Warren Henry 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Mombourquette Alphonse 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
Roberts Michael 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Kerr Ross 1983 Cape Breton County Prince Electrocuted
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Green John 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall off bridge
Nearing John 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Fortune James 1894 Cape Breton County International Full trip on deep road
Boutilier John 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of roof stone
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McLellan Joseph 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Roof stone fell on him while driving
McIntyre Donald 1901 Cape Breton County International Caught by runaway coal box from bank on surface
McLeod John 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Dominick P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Dunphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Gouthro Simon 1907 Cape Breton County International Fell down water shaft
Rogers Herbert 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal, died 5 days later
McNeil Angus 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
McNeil John A. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Dawe Andrew 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Runaway box knocked out timber he was putting up and stone fell on him
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg
McLean Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fell against pump
McNeil James 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Zanicol Barnado 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Campbell David 1913 Cape Breton County Broughton Struck by runaway box
Fry Peter 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
McInnis Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
Holmes Angus 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Fell, striking head on rail
Dye Charles 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Killed by cars on surface, in colliery yard
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
McGrath Patrick 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
McPherson D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Run over by trip of cars
Butt or Butts George W. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Fedora Joseph 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McLean Frank 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Penny Reuben 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Dixon William 1918 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Runaway trip
Locke James 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by piece of wood
McDonald Allan J. 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck on head by upright timber, died 3 days later
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Lyons Charles F. 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face, died 5 days later

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