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
Rockett Fred 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Martin Henry 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
MacDonald Lauchie 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Chiasson Paul C. 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage: Struck by runaway box
Reashor Maurice 1968 Cape Breton County Princess Coronary heart attack
Snow John 1972 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26
Ward Fabian E. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Tighe John (boy) 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 17 (old Victoria) Methane inhalation; 1 of 2 cousins who went down old slope
Timmons Peter 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Winter Edward 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal; possibly in Cumberland County
Martell Charles 1873 Cape Breton County Caledonia Crushed by wagons
Hall Edward 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria Possibly in Cumberland County
Gleason James 1892 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell down shaft while working there
Davidson John 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Doyle John, Sr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
Roach John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed at face of room while loading
Parr Robert 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed: fell back in shaft from surface
McCuish John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McLeod John 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by motor
Steele Malcolm 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured from premature shot
Rocker R. 1906 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
Burridge W. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip
Pendergrast Donald 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Churchill Joseph 1908 Cape Breton County Emery Mine Fell into Emery shaft
Kitely George 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
MacDougall M. 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Alexander Gust 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal off rib
McAskill D. 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Caught by full cage on balance
Cicchetto Albert 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone
Parsons Israel 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Crawford Patrick 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fell under fuel box
Collogani Redolph 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Jammed between boxes
Malloy John 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of roof coal
Kroput John 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Lamond James 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Caught between box and prop
Chiasson Pat 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip
Mollish John 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Yak Nicholas 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Hayden Roderick 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Comhaire or Comhair Henri 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Killoway Eugene 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Milley Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Smith Albert 1919 Cape Breton County Florence, on surface Burnt at boiler doors, died 7 days later
Doyle James 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by empty trip
Ward Fred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, died next day
Buso Petro 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Crushed between mine car and rib, died next day
MacDougall Daniel 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone in pillar work 1 of 2 killed

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