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
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
MacKenzie John 1963 Pictou County McBean Labourer, killed underground
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Bennois John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder
McLeod John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
MacDougall John 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof, died almost 6 months later
Gould John 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Curran John 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face of room
MacDonald John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Sullivan John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed in mine
Handrigan John 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone in pillar work; 1 of 2 killed
Wilsack John 1949 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
MacLean John 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
Conway John 1868 Cape Breton County Aspe Bay Explosion of powder
Scully or Soully John 1885 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Run over by cage
Savage John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McLeod John 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by motor
Nicholson John 1881 Pictou County Vale Caught between moving rake & door
Tabbot John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Campbell John 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Trip of boxes
Milley John 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck and run over by rake on main slope
Matlock John 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Nicholson John 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Taylor John 1873 Pictou County Vale Fall with tub in slope
Campbell John 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Boutilier John 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Firedamp escaped from submerged district; (methane poisoning)
Martin John 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Leadbeater John 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Mitchell John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ralph John 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Cameron John 1962 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
MacLean John 1902 Pictou County Albion Jammed between rail cars on surface
Luckman John 1870 Cape Breton County International Crushed by cage
Wilson John 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Seward John 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Run over by empty trip
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dragon John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald John 1915 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a trip of coal
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
Connors John 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by motor, died a few hours after
Wooden John 1918 Pictou County Greenwood roof fall
Brennick John 1870 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagon
Grant John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Campbell John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Mollish John 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Malloy John 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of roof coal
Rose John 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Hussey John 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal and roof
Newman John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion

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