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
Nicholson Norman 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Broken back, died 11 weeks later
McLeod Norman 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hayes Norman 1913 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by hoisting cage on balance
MacIver Norman 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal
Paris Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Jordan Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Chisholm Norman 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
McVicar Norman 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
MacKenzie Norman J. 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Gossens Octav 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
McLeod Oliver 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Fowler Orrin L. 1935 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal at 7100-foot level
Rooney Ottie or Ronnie 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Stone rolled down fan slope, hit him on head
Beaumeister Otto 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
MacComiskey Owen 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
McCumiskey Owen 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Dominick P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Doucette P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Struck by runaway box
Walsh P. Joseph 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by runaway box
Erunio Parristto 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Foley Pat 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Chiasson Pat 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip
Chiasson Pat 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip
Clarke Patrick 1917 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Gaul Patrick 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Walsh Patrick 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal from working face
Doucett Patrick 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Hit by trip
Crawford Patrick 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fell under fuel box
Prentice Patrick 1923 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 2 Electric wire
Bushar Patrick 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McGrath Patrick 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Kearney Patrick 1890 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by coal fall while loading in room
Banville Patrick 1981 Cape Breton County Lingan Heart Attack
O'Connell Patrick 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Explosives
Burns Patrick 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed by passing rake
Mahoney Patrick 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
Gabriel Patrick 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Lee Patrick 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Caught between box and prop
Keigan Patrick 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Nearing Patrick 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Muise Patrick 1946 Inverness Inverness Killed by haulage
Campbell Patrick 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of methane
Kleizer Paul 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McIntyre Paul 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Chiasson Paul C. 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage: Struck by runaway box
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Miller Penman 1926 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Spence Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Campbell Percy 1946 Pictou County Allan Shaft Wash Plant Injured putting up a door bar, died a week later
Bryan Percy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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