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
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Fortune James 1894 Cape Breton County International Full trip on deep road
Boutilier John 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of roof stone
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McLellan Joseph 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Roof stone fell on him while driving
McIntyre Donald 1901 Cape Breton County International Caught by runaway coal box from bank on surface
McLeod John 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Dominick P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Dunphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Gouthro Simon 1907 Cape Breton County International Fell down water shaft
Rogers Herbert 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal, died 5 days later
McNeil Angus 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
McNeil John A. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Dawe Andrew 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Runaway box knocked out timber he was putting up and stone fell on him
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg
McLean Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fell against pump
McNeil James 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Zanicol Barnado 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Campbell David 1913 Cape Breton County Broughton Struck by runaway box
Fry Peter 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
McInnis Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
Holmes Angus 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Fell, striking head on rail
Dye Charles 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Killed by cars on surface, in colliery yard
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
McGrath Patrick 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
McPherson D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Run over by trip of cars
Butt or Butts George W. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Fedora Joseph 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McLean Frank 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Penny Reuben 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Dixon William 1918 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Runaway trip
Locke James 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by piece of wood
McDonald Allan J. 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck on head by upright timber, died 3 days later
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Lyons Charles F. 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face, died 5 days later
McDougall Joseph 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by loaded car at No. 4 landing
Perfect Joseph 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by moving railway cars
Wilcox Nicholas 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Tally boy; boxes on bankhead
McDonald Malcolm 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Kicked by a horse
Kennedy John 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial Electrocuted in logement
Blackwood Fraser 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by runaway box
Dean Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
McDonald Dan 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
MacDonald Vincent 1931 Cape Breton County Florence Struck by coal from a shot
McPherson Malcolm I. 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
MacNeil Malcolm P. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Napier James 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Hickey John 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone

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