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
McLean Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Run over by wagon
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Nichelson Alex 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria
McDonald John 1892 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal from face of room
McLean Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fell under coal car on surface railroad
McIntosh Dan 1898 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell under trip trying to get on for a ride
Morrison John 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of coal whilst holing in pillar
Jacobs James 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal while loading in room
Moncusco Angelo 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by full tub on main haulage road
Keehn Emile 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McMullin Joseph 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
Ashworth Richard 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Nicholson J.W. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Morgan Frank 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Killed by live wire
Osterfishok Simon 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
McDonald Ronald 1909 Cape Breton County North Atlantic Collieries Crushed between full box and engine
McDonald M. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Riciselts Vincent 1913 Cape Breton County Scotia (possibly Cumberland Co.) Fall of stone
Hennessey Joseph 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, leg injured
Ferguson Archie F. 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Cauffery Albert 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Premature shot
Shoder Martin 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Ferguson A.T. 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by a box
Neary Andrew 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fell under moving car
Brown Thomas 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Boutilier Seth 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Trip ran over him, died 7 days later
Hutchinson William 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by cage
Cummings James 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Caught between cars and rib
Coleman Peter 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Killoway Arthur 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Milley Nelson 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Skacun Mitro 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McGill James 1918 Cape Breton County Princess Runaway car
Boutilier Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
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

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