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
Ferguson Donald J. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Hamilton Thomas 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McDonald Henry 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Kicked by a horse
Hines Thomas J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Scott Leslie 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from rib
Dow Lawrence 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall off roof
Fry Stanley G. 1937 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Marsh Thomas 1938 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Struck by trip
Aspinall James 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
O'Connor Wilmot 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Todd Matther 1941 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Fall of stone
McDonald John A. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 fall of stone
McAskill Malcolm 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Adamson Clare or Carl 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
MacKay Earl 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Browner Thomas 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Mine machinery
Carey George 1947 Cape Breton County Florence Bankhead (surface)
Coffin Louis 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Califf Velco 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Harris Charles 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Beaver John 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McKinnon Laurence 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Murrant Edgar 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Walczak Wallace 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Marsh Russel 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Chiasson Arthur 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
MacDougall Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Smith Arnold S. 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between box and timbe
MacKenzie Earl C. 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
MacDonald Charles V. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by railway car; or jammed between 2 railway cars
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Currie Angus 1868 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
McLean Joseph 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
McNeil Roderick 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
MacKinnon Neil 1888 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by trip
McCormick Vin 1893 Cape Breton County International Fall of roof coal at face; also recorded as 1894
McKinnon Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of coal from pillar
Martin Donald 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McKinnon John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by falling roof stone while driving
McDonald Daniel 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by shot going off while firing squib
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria; possibly Cumberland Co. Crushed by a runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
McNeil John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
McKinnon Mick 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
Sellars Nich 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Reddick Robert, Sr. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed while mining, a shot blew down on him
McNeil Roderick 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by empty trip
Dumphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
McIntosh Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney & Louisburg Railway (Mine)? Killed by express train, Glace Bay Crossing
Steineff Audrey 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Ross Curtis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire

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