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)sort descending Year County Mine Cause
Brennan James P. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Anderson James R. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
McDonald James R. 1931 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Miller James Sr. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Roach or Roche James Sr. 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
Fraser James W. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Casey James W. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Higgins James William 1980 Pictou County Thorburn Mining Ltd, Stellarton Fell and struck head, died 4 days later; coal dumps reclamation project
Hamilton James Y. 1928 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fell head first while timbering the roof when staging collaped under fall of heavy coal lump
MacDonald Jasper 1926 Pictou County Albion Struck by falling timber prop
Wood Jasper E. or R. 1919 Cumberland St. George Fell down slope, died 1 day later
Fosse Jean Baptiste 1876 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Murphy Jeremiah 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Armishaw Jesse 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hoeg Jesse Havelock 1959 Cumberland Cochran Fall of stone
Skinner Job 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Prindle Joe 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Haggart Joe or James 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Simpson John 1866 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagons
MacLean John 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
Campbell John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Hickey John 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Gillis John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
McVicar John 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Patten John 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway trip
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at head of deep
Grant John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Dragon John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Roach John 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Campbell John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Bennett John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Munroe John 1907 Cape Breton County Emery Mine Fall of stone
Cann John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Killed by cage when descending pit
Capstick John 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
McDonald John 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Pittman John 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Leadbeater John 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Stewart John 1936 Cape Breton County Colonial Struck by runaway trip
Pendergrast John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Horn John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
MacLean John 1902 Pictou County Albion Jammed between rail cars on surface
Bigley John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by fall of stone
McDonald John 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Caught between full trip and prop
McEachern John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Josso John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal in room
Timmons John 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
George John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone

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