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
Devison Hector 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Caught between box and stopping
Briggs George 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Copley Samuel 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Machinery
MacIntosh John J. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Marsh Francis 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McGillivray John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Perhiniak John 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Mouland George 1956 Cape Breton County Florence Fall
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
Hoyt Henry 1866 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
McKinnon J. 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of coal
Bonar John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Shanahan James 1882 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Fall of stone from roof
McDonald John 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip, died next day
Campbell Peter 1894 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Caught by full tub against pillar
McPherson James 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Struck by falling piece of coal while hauling
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Bishop George 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Stone fell on him down shaft during sinking
Frost Jacob 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal rolling on him
Power James 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, hung shot
McNeil Michael L. 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by fall of roof coal
Genter Frank 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Brown Frank 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Campbell John A. 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone
Lee John 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
Philpot Nicholas 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Roache or Roche William 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
McDougall Peter 1897 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed on balance, run over by cuddy
LeBlanc Edward 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Struck by moving box
Spiccochi Higo 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 or Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
McSorley Anthony 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Caught by rope and drawn behind drum
Curry Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Gillis Peter 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire
Zyales Stainslaw 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Baldwin Philip 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Degaust Alex 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Saccrey John W. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of roof
Gardner Michael A. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
McDonald A. J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Butts Joseph L. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion

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