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
Rector Samuel D. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Sampler Samuel Jr. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Samuel Sr. 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Legere Sanford 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Sampson Sanford 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Falling boom
McDonald Saunders 1940 Inverness inverness No. 4 Struck by runaway box
Farrell Sebastien 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Gouthro Servine 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Boutilier Seth 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Trip ran over him, died 7 days later
Gallant Sheldon 1988 Cape Breton County Lingan Hit on head
Thistle Silas 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Reynolds Silas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Peretta Silvio 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Gouthro Simon 1907 Cape Breton County International Fell down water shaft
Harte Simon 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Osterfishok Simon 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Jesso Simon 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by fall of stone
Fraser Simon 1868 Pictou County Acadia Crushed between two cars
Gillis Simon D. 1920 Inverness Inverness Fall of rock
Rowe Simon J. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Fowler Simon J. 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Woodfine Solomon 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Ross St. Clair 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Zyales Stainslaw 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Zyales Stainslaw 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Lukovitch Stanis 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal, died 6 days later
Jennings Stanley 1917 Pictou County Allan Shaft Jammed between a box and a prop
Forrester Stanley 1967 Cape Breton County Princess Natural Causes
Andrews Stanley 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Natural Causes
Mason Stanley 1927 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Gunn Stanley 1919 Pictou County McGregor Injuries sustained in the mine
Fry Stanley G. 1937 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Gunn Stanley or David 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Cibarro Stephano 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McCormack Stephen 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Dropped dead coming up the travelling-way
Rushton Stephen 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKenzie Stephen 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by cage balance
Whitty Stephen 1941 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a trip of coal
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of roof coal
Cronius Stephen 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of roof
McDougald Stephen 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion Coal Company shaft Stone fell from wall
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by fall of roof coal
Gillis Stephen 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell out of cage coming from work
Sedosky Stephen 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
McLean Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fell against pump
McCormick or McCormack Stephen 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Forris Stephen 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Molnar Stephen 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Injured by timber
Fraser Stephen 1894 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell 68 feet from smoke stack, died 5 days later
Lilley Stephen Paul 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion

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