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 Kenneth 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Crushed between box and pillar
McDougall Allan 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Prentice Patrick 1923 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 2 Electric wire
Handrigan John 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone in pillar work; 1 of 2 killed
Devoe James 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Killed by box on main deep
Roach Dan 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Fitzner John 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Young George 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
McDonald John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of coal
Strang Thomas L. 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Donkey runner; caught in rope on drum
Chiasson Joseph R. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Gerard Daniel 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Engine and bed raised by jerk; he fell underneath
Kavanaugh Michael 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Overcome by gas
Kutzyk Matthew 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Martin Isadore 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Bradbury Isaac 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Fell in pickling tank on surface
Clarke Herbert 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Michaelites Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
McPhee Donald 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Harris John 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
McNeil Alex H 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Attempted to get on moving train
Phalen Louis 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed
McMullin James 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Injured while replacing derailed box
MacComiskey Owen 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
McLeod Thomas 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal and stone
Nicoloff George 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Cobert James 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Young Alex 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
MacDonald Harry 1950 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLellan Donald 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Pittman John 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Boutilier Charles Jr. 1956 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
McEachern Bernard 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Rockett Fred 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Martin Henry 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
MacDonald Lauchie 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Chiasson Paul C. 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage: Struck by runaway box
Reashor Maurice 1968 Cape Breton County Princess Coronary heart attack
Snow John 1972 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26
Ward Fabian E. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Tighe John (boy) 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 17 (old Victoria) Methane inhalation; 1 of 2 cousins who went down old slope
Timmons Peter 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Winter Edward 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal; possibly in Cumberland County
Martell Charles 1873 Cape Breton County Caledonia Crushed by wagons
Hall Edward 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria Possibly in Cumberland County
Gleason James 1892 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell down shaft while working there
Davidson John 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Doyle John, Sr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving

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