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
Boutilier Sydney 1934 Cape Breton County Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. on Lease 3 Explosion at Crop pit
McMullin Lauchlin 1936 Cape Breton County Princess Fell off trip and under box
Sedosky Stephen 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
McKenzie Dan 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between boxes and died next day
iafalli Carmen 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Power Andrew 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
Kuta Leo 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by runaway box
Large William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Lucus Marcus 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Chipman Albert 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Cherpack John 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Lamond Daniel 1946 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Morrison John 1947 Cape Breton County Greener Fall of roof
McDonald Laurence 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McDonald John 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Gould John 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Mackie Thomas 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McNeil Arthur 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone
Beaton David 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Podenski Steve 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
McLeod Archie 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Briggs Louis 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of coal
Handley Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
MacIntosh Earl 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Falling stone and coal
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Leadbeater Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
Hall Albert 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Sullivan John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed in mine
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Hutcheson Robert 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McNeil John 1887 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
McKinnon Murdock 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
Cathcart James 1896 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of coal while loading
Grant Albert or Arthur 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McLain Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve or Gowrie
Young Michael 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Run over by trip while trying to get on it
Lanswood Fred 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Run over by full boxes on slope
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
Mootery George 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway boxes
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
Laforte Nelson 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Struck by full box on slope
McLean D. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Ferrymand Edward 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
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
McLean Dan 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under engine
Purchase Harry 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed

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