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
Kearney Patrick 1890 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by coal fall while loading in room
McCuish John 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed drawing props out of an old room
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
McNeil John D. 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Methane explosion
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
Gardner Joseph 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Burns George 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Full box ran over him on main level
McDonald Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Hub Fatal injury: pelvis broken in fall of stone
McNeil John H. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Macmillan Rod 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Bonnell Louis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal at face
McLain Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured on head by fall of roof coal
McKenzie Stephen 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by cage balance
Reid Eugene 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Bellan Joseph 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone in pillars
McMullin Andrew 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 13 Fall of stone at face
Morrison John 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone in pillars
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
Trente Adam 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by falling boom
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of roof
McPherson Dan 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip, died 2 days later
Mitetski Woosyl 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Grave Henry 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Crummey or Crominey Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Kleizer Paul 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Murphy Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Steele John J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Chase Richard 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Caught between shaft and car
Kipping Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between empty trip
Vaughan Fitz 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Edwards George 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone from oof
Norvok or Novak Frank 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 21 Fall of coal caused by bump
Coady Peter 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip near surface on main slope
Gaskill Samuel 1924 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Nearing Alonzo 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Borsato Giovanni 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
McNeil Charles 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by empty runaway train
Reid Frank 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Knocked down steel boom
Lynk Neil 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by stone
McNeil Dan C. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
MacQueen Donald John 1933 Cape Breton County Sullivan (Indian Cove) Runaway Box
McDonald Daniel O. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Bannon Henry 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
McMullin Justin 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Run over by trip
Layton William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured while riding trip
Pordorski or Prodorski Peter 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Taylor John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed

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