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
Martin John 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Nicholson John 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Connors John 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by motor, died a few hours after
Nearing John 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Tabbot John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Ralph John 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
McDonald John 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip, died next day
Czanoli or Czalonic John 1931 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Boyd John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mailman John 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Francis John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Bonar John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at head of deep
Taylor John 1873 Pictou County Vale Fall with tub in slope
Emery John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Manning John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Simpson John 1866 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagons
Murphy John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
Boran John 1898 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Fall of stone from roof in workplace
Campbell John 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
Cann John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Killed by cage when descending pit
Crain John 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
Rose John 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Horn John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
Roberts John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Jackson John 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Wooden John 1918 Pictou County Greenwood roof fall
Campbell John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Gillis John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hickey John 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Patten John 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway trip
Josso John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal in room
McDonald John 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McDonald John 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Caught between full trip and prop
McDonald John 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Tighe John (boy) 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 17 (old Victoria) Methane inhalation; 1 of 2 cousins who went down old slope
McDonald John #1 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Morrison John #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Morrison John #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McDonald John #2 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McKinnon John 1st 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
McNeil John A. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Young John A. 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of timber
McLellan John A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McDonald John A. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 fall of stone
McDougall John A. 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone

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