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
Copan Louis 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by trip of mine cars
Milo Louis 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by runaway box
Phalen Louis 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed
Martell Louis 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Falling pit timber
Bonnell Louis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal at face
Jacob or Jacobs Louis L. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Vaast Lucien (boy) 1916 Pictou County Thom or Tom pit Gas explosion at mouth of abandoned slope; boy was chasing a ball
Passino Lucien or Lucino 1916 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
MacDougall M. 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
McDonald M. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Campbell M. S. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
McPhee Malcolm 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Nicholson Malcolm 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McIsaac Malcolm 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Crushed by coal tubs
White Malcolm 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McAskill Malcolm 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Steele Malcolm 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured from premature shot
Beaton Malcolm 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
O'Handley Malcolm 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Stewart Malcolm 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Overwind man-shaft cage; 1of 2 killed
McPherson Malcolm 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
McLeod Malcolm 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone and till
McAulay Malcolm 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDonald Malcolm 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Kicked by a horse
McPherson Malcolm I. 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
MacNeil Malcolm P. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Lawless Marcel 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Found on haulage
Lucus Marcus 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Trevison Mario 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Kennedy Mark 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Greene Mark 1928 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Methane explosion
Willigher Mark 1927 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Cause not recorded
McDonald Mark 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of roof
Shoder Martin 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
Foley Martin 1874 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crash of a runaway rake
MacKay Martin 1931 Pictou County Allan Shaft Heart attack in act of getting on riding rake
Spoors Mat 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Collins Mathew 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Todd Matther 1941 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Fall of stone
Lyall Matthew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Stoker Matthew 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Natural Causes
Whalen Matthew 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, lower seam, Sydney Mines Fall of stone from roof
Hayes Matthew 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Cherry Matthew 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Kutzyk Matthew 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Stubbert Matthew 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Mis-shot exploded while he was examining it
Reashor Maurice 1968 Cape Breton County Princess Coronary heart attack
Seaman Max 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electric wire
Raggar Max 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone

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