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
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 John 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
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
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
Dunsmuir James 1924 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone

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