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
Fraser Gervoise Leo 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Shaw Thomas 1958 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Cole Eugene 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
White Richard 1962 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
MacKinnon Daniel 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Canova Fred 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Run over by runaway motor when he jumped off
MacKenzie Alex J. 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by a trip on the south angle
Tighe Alan 1979 Cape Breton County Lingan Accident at a trip at a landing underground
Raeshore Wayne 1982 Cape Breton County Prince
Brennick John 1870 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagon
MacDonald Murdock 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Hall Edward 1879 Cape Breton County Lingan Empty horse wagon ran away
Vicars John 1889 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of loose coal, died after 12 days
Ferguson Ronald 1894 Cape Breton County Caledonia Explosion of dynamite while heating it
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
McDonald Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by stone fall at face
Thistle George 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by runaway wagon from pit bottom
O'Hanley Donald 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed by runaway full box in slope
King Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
McKay John w. 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by riding on a trip
Davidson Walter 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
McKinnon F. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Runaway box inflicted injury causing death
Munroe John 1907 Cape Breton County Emery Mine Fall of stone
Johnson J.D. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Adey Benjamin 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Wynn Richard 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Pick boy; Run over by full box
McGrath James 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Runaway box, accidental death
McInnis Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Victoria Caught between coal box and pillar
Young Archie 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of coal
Yacick Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal, head and back hurt, accidental death
Trevison Mario 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Robertson David 1912 Cape Breton County Queen Fall of coal and stone
Erunio Parristto 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Bozzan Jacob 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Tracey William 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by full trip
Stewart Daniel 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Ford Julian 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed between box and boom
McNeil Dan R. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
McLeod Angus 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between motor and prop
Butt George 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Fahey Timothy 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McKenzie John H. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Rescue work after explosion
Peach William J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McCormick Joseph 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by boom, died 4 days later
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Christie James 1920 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 4, engine house Caught in belt that operates hoist, lived 9 hrs
McKenzie Joseph 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McLean Edward 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Killoway George W. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of roof stone hile clearing up fall

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