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
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
Head Walter 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Crushed between box and chock
Burgoyne Nelson 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Rollins John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Campbell John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Semenuk Mike 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Patten John 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway trip
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Dorando Albert 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by runaway box
Saltys Joseph 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Strick by flying timber from tram
Devison Hector 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Caught between box and stopping
Briggs George 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Copley Samuel 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Machinery
MacIntosh John J. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Marsh Francis 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McGillivray John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Perhiniak John 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Mouland George 1956 Cape Breton County Florence Fall
MacPhail Clinton 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Salon John 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Hudson Alfred 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Falling chuck blocks
Keigan Charles 1962 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Oliver Joseph 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Warren Henry 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Mombourquette Alphonse 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
Roberts Michael 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Kerr Ross 1983 Cape Breton County Prince Electrocuted
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Green John 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall off bridge
Nearing John 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later

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