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
McIsaac Angus 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McLeod Alex 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Run over by trip
McPhee George 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by full trip
Martin John 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Pearson Thomas Edgar 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Leg broken by trip, died 5 days later in hospital
Matlock John 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McGregor Murdock 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Wilkie William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Bert Alphonse 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone from roof
Ross James 1941 Cape Breton County Indian Cove Coal Company Explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Currie John F. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Struck by trip
Beaton Wilson 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Saccary Leo 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Undetermined
McDonald Allan 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Nutter Roy 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Haulage
Gardiner Ambrose 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone
Boutilier Fred 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Wadden Freeman 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Gallivan Joseph 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
MacKinnon Dan 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
O'Leary Vincent 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Haulage
MacNeil Charles 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McIsaac Duncan 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Sampson Sanford 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Falling boom
Campbell Charles 1962 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
McIntyre Arthur 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Forrester Stanley 1967 Cape Breton County Princess Natural Causes
MacArthur Harry 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Killed on main haulage deep
LeBlanc Daniel 1976 Cape Breton County Lingan Struck by a material trip
Banville Patrick 1981 Cape Breton County Lingan Heart Attack
Luckman John 1870 Cape Breton County International Crushed by cage
Ryan Alexander 1873 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Jones James 1889 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Explosion of methane
Walsh Patrick 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal from working face
Robertson Robert 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Walked in under cage
McCormick or McCormack Stephen 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Marshall Willian 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Caught between cage and roof
McDougald Murdock 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fatally injured on surface between 2 cars
McAdam Cyril 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Scalded by boiler explosion, died 9 days later 1 of 3 killed
Quann Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Caught between loaded box and pillar
Jesso Simon 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by fall of stone
McKinnon Daniel 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal; died in hospital
LeBlanc Edward 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by a moving box
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
McNeil Michael A. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal and stone
D'Orsay John 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Overwind man-shaft cage; 1of 2 killed
Crain John 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
Kuss Anthony 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone face
Laffin Ambrose 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria; possibly Cumberland Co. Killed by loose coal by face of junk while at work in his room

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