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
McKenzie Archy 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
Porter Archy 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box and rib
Vitus Armond 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Smith Arnold S. 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between box and timbe
Arsenault Arsene 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between trip and prop
Mason Arthur 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by trap door dislodged by trip
Moore Arthur 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down shaft with a full box of coal
Jacques Arthur 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Trip of boxes
Delmouth Arthur 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Boutilier Arthur 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Peddle Arthur 1946 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Chiasson Arthur 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Hayman Arthur 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down the shaft 462 feet
Moss Arthur 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Cooper Arthur 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Run over by car in colliery yard
Penill Arthur 1913 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down main shaft
Gadd Arthur 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
MacKearney Arthur 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria; possibly Cumberland Co. Crushed by a runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Killoway Arthur 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Anderson Arthur 1891 Cumberland Springhill, East Slope No.1 Gas and coal dust explosion
Sharpe Arthur 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
McIntyre Arthur 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McNeil Arthur 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone
Murrell Arthur 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Amey Arthur 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Blinkhorn Arthur 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
McDonald Arthur 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Allen Arthur J. 1951 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone
Francis Arthur J. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone
Wood Arthur or Thomas W. 1910 Cumberland Chignecto Explosion
Boss Asa G. 1925 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip of boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Terris Asa S. 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Run over by full box
Admino Athmis 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Jackson Aubrey 1920 Pictou County Albion Run over by an empty box
Steineff Audrey 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Large August 1921 Inverness Inverness Fall down chute
Ghyseis August 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone at face
Lussem or Lussen August 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Vaast August 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Glennie Avard 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Nicholson Bain 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Zanicol Barnado 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Finlay Bart 1902 Cape Breton County Harbour Seam Fall of stone from roof
McLellan Ben 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Davis Ben 1906 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Being buried by coal
Boutilier Ben 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Legnaro Benedict 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes

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