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
MacNeil John A. 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Young John A. 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of timber
Rickets John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by fall of coal
Campbell John A. 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
McDonald John A. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured by box
Foster John A. 1912 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
MacIsaac John A. 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18A Haulage
McLellan John A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Martell John Alexander 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Squeezed between 2 boxes on material landing
Taylor John B. 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught in fly wheel
McDonald John B. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Struck by falling roof stone while undercutting with machine
Bartlett John C. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Fraser John Clarence 1938 Inverness Port Hood or Henderson Fall of stone
Campbell John D 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McEachern John D. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Small John D. 1900 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Gillis John D. 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell out of cage when descending shaft
McKay John D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Walsh John D. 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
McNeil John D. 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall caused by trip
McIsaac John D. 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone while timbering, died 5 days later
McNeil John D. 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Methane explosion
Munro John D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Run over by a trip of cars
MacRae John Duncan 1930 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of Stone
Stephenson John E. 1912 Cumberland Scotia Fall of stone
Fraser John E. 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Burton John Edward 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Injured by trip
Jowett or Gowett John Ernest 1920 Cumberland Victoria cause not recorded
Currie John F. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Struck by trip
MacInnis John F. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by empty mine car trip
Lewis John F. 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Crushed between trip and air line
MacArthur John F. 1934 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Head crushed between boxes
McNeil John F. or John P. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Clarke John G. 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Murphy John H. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
McNeil John H. 1935 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McKenzie John H. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Rescue work after explosion
McKenzie John H. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Run over by trip
McNeil John H. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Coleman John H. 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Joggins Suffocated by smoke
Roy John H. 1904 Pictou County Albion Killed instantly in a fall
MacInnis or MacInnes John Henry 1940 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of roof coal, died 4 days later
Vienneau or Veneau John J. 1940 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Caught between box and boom
McDonald john J. 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Struck by trip
Steele John J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
MacIntosh John J. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Smith John J. 1926 Pictou County Allan Shaft Coal fall that had him buried for 2 hours
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
McDougall John J. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Hit by a small stone

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