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 ascending Year County Mine Cause
Mellise Nicholas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Yak Nicholas 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
Wilcox Nicholas 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Tally boy; boxes on bankhead
O'Brien Nicholas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sellars Nich 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Durdle Neslon 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Riding on trip which left the road
Rushton Nelson W. 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Wilson Nelson 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed on surface by haulage rope used to convey cars under screens
Milley Nelson 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Burgoyne Nelson 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Laforte Nelson 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Struck by full box on slope
McNeil Neil S. 1911 Inverness Inverness Run over by balance cage, died 3 hours later
McNeil Neil S. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Chapman Neil D. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed under trip
McPherson Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Killed by runaway boxes
McDonald Neil 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McLeod Neil 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDonald or MacDonald Neil 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Struck head against roof or boom
Lynk Neil 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by stone
MacLeod Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
McNeil Neil 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Burned by electricity
McIsaac Neil 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
McPhee Neil 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacKinnon Neil 1888 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by trip
McKinnon Neil 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Johnstone or Johnston Neil 1892 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by coal hopper
Gualtieri or Gaualtiere Natali 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Fall from roof
Gillis Myles Daniel 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McDonald Murdock A. 1914 or 1915 Inverness Inverness Fell under moving coal boxes while getting on full rake
McDonald Murdock 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Brown Murdock 1934 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Struck on head when taking coal to chute
McKinnon Murdock 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
McDougald Murdock 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fatally injured on surface between 2 cars
Ross Murdock 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacIntyre Murdock 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between timber and box
MacDonald Murdock 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
McGregor Murdock 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
McLeod Murdock 1886 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of roof
McDonald Murdock 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell against in-motion engine drum
Morrison Murdock 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip
McKinnon Murdoch 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McPherson Moses 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Perry Moses 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Jones Moses 1912 or 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by rake in slope
Lutes Morton M. or Norton 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Trapper, Struck by trip at 8300-ft trap door
White Morris 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of methane
Tabor Monty 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Skacun Mitro 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Meagher Milton 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone

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