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
Roman George 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by box
McIntyre Rod 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
MacKenzie Norman J. 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
McIsaac James 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Hayes Matthew 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Raggar Max 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
McKinnon Colin 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Paul John 1956 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosives
Mitchell Fred 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Jenkins Robert 1960 Cape Breton County Four Star Surface haulage
LeBeau John 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Maintenance
Currie Michael 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Swarttzack Freeman 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 20 Natural Causes
Legnaro Benedict 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Matheson Fred 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacDonald Ronald 1984 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fire
Simpson John 1866 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagons
McMullen Kenneth 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder or fall of coal
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
Keigan Angus 1883 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by coal tub
Morrison Murdock 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip
Finlayson John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, died 15 days later
Crowly Eli 1898 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of roof stone
Campbell Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal from hung shot
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at head of deep
McDonald John Y. 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Nearing Patrick 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
McVicar Allen 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Dericimn F. 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal
McKenzie Archy 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
McDonald J.A. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
McDonald James 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; maybe 4th man killed in an explosion or is a separate explosion
Holley Edward 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Driving when box derailed, knocked out prop, roof fell, killing him
Carroll William 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
McLellan James 1897 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of coal from pillar
Child 1908 Cape Breton County Caledonia Polish child, age 2; killed by cars on the surface
Aexter Alex 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Explosion
Vitus Armond 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Batchford David 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Modesto Antonio 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Bond Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal
Murphy John R. 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at face
Murphy John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Chiasson Elezare 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Pusher, killed by improperly spragged box
Petrie James 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
Cronius Stephen 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of roof

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