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
Frye John 1914 Pictou County Albion Riding a coal trip that derailed
Wooden John 1918 Pictou County Greenwood roof fall
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McNeil John 1887 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
McCuish John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McAulay John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Murphy John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Crushed by runaway box
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
Salon John 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Connorton John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacKenzie John 1963 Pictou County McBean Labourer, killed underground
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
McEachern John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Thurbid John 1919 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Fall of stone
McLean John 1937 Inverness Inverness Struck by trip or rope
McInnis John 1908 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone
McKinnon John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by falling roof stone while driving
Nolan John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Coal fall in room, died next day
McDonald John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of coal
Crawford john 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Riley John 1917 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
MacLean John 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
McMullin John 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Fitzner John 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
LeBeau John 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Maintenance
Neville john 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
McDonald John 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Maddison John 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Cherpack John 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Yakubaski John 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fractured ankle, infection and shock, died 27 days later
Morrison John 1947 Cape Breton County Greener Fall of roof
Boutilier John 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone caused by runaway boxes
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by stone fall at face
Rollins John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Vicars John 1889 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of loose coal, died after 12 days
Blois John 1959 Cape Breton County Four Star Fall of stone
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Beaver John 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Leadbeater John 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
D'Orsay John 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Overwind man-shaft cage; 1of 2 killed
MacLean John 1902 Pictou County Albion Jammed between rail cars on surface
McNeil John 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Crushed by full boxes of coal
Lund John 1897 Cape Breton County Reserve Caught between coal box and pillar
MacDonald John 1915 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a trip of coal
Potts John 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
McLeod John 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
Burrows John 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of roof stone on new balance no. 9
Dickson John 1940 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone

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