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
Sharpe Clifford 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Ripley Clifford 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Moffat Clifford 1915 Cumberland Minudie Fall of stone
Elbridge Clifford 1904 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall in chute, smothered by coal
Crawford Clinton 1887 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of frozen clay; 1 of 2 killed
MacPhail Clinton 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Corkum Clyde 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald Colin 1936 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
McDonald Colin 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Colin 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McKinnon Colin 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Chisholm Colin C. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Boa Constatntine 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hogan Cornelius 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Ross Curtis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Live wire
McAdam Cyril 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Scalded by boiler explosion, died 9 days later 1 of 3 killed
Brathwaite Cyril 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
McAskill D. 1864 Cumberland Victoria
McPherson D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Run over by trip of cars
McAskill D. 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Caught by full cage on balance
McLean D. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
McMaster D. 1908 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
MacDonald D. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Baillie D. 1883 Pictou County Albion Killed by a runaway rake
Stewart D. McFarlane 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald D. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald D. W. C. 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
McLean D.A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone from roof in tunnel to 13-foot seam
McLeod D.H. 1913 Inverness Inverness Struck by fall of frozen briquettes
Nicholson D.J. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Leg crushed between full box and empty trip, died next day
McPherson D.J. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed while examining shaft on top of cage when cage in motion
McPherson Dan 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip, died 2 days later
Roach Dan 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
McLean Dan 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under engine
Sloan Dan 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Dan 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Fell over trestle
McKenzie Dan 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between boxes and died next day
McIntosh Dan 1898 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell under trip trying to get on for a ride
McDonald Dan 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Heighton Dan 1927 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McDonald Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Hub Fatal injury: pelvis broken in fall of stone
Lockhart Dan 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Killed by cage going off track
McKenzie Dan 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by rake
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
McDonnell Dan 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
McIntosh Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney & Louisburg Railway (Mine)? Killed by express train, Glace Bay Crossing
Kennedy Dan 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
MacIntyre Dan 1941 Cape Breton County Princess Undetermined
McNeil Dan 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Dan 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone

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