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
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
McKinnon Lauchlin 1947 Inverness Campbell or No. 4 Fall of roof
McNeil Lauchlin 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
MacDonald Lauchie 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Bell Larry Arthur 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McDonald Kenneth 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Crushed between box and pillar
Clarke Kenneth 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Kelloway Kenneth 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by box
Stuart Kenneth 1901 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway wagon in bottom of slope
Cameron Kenneth 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McMullen Kenneth 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder or fall of coal
MacKenzie Kenneth 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Goode Kenneth 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Skidmore Kenneth 1942 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Jamieson Kenneth 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Beaton Kenneth 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Pagella Karal 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McMullin Justin 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Run over by trip
Dash Julian 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by boxes
Ford Julian 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed between box and boom
Laderie Jules 1924 Pictou County Albion Struck down by a runaway box
Casey jude 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Smith Josiah 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway mine car
Clark Josiah 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
McNeil Joshua 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hale Joseph W. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Chiasson Joseph R. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Fortune Joseph R. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Donkey runner; caught in drum of engine
Batten Joseph P. 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Butts Joseph L. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Hunter Joseph E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Crushed by conveyor belt
LeBlanc Joseph Adolph 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Pitt Joseph 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDougall Joseph 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by loaded car at No. 4 landing
Dupee Joseph 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Poirier Joseph 1941 Inverness Inverness Crushed between machine amd chock pack
Reid Joseph 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Assiff Joseph 1921 Inverness Inverness Hit by rake on level, died 2 days later
Michaelites Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
Crummey Joseph 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Hest Joseph 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Struck by runaway car, near landing
McDonald Joseph 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
MacIntyre Joseph 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Run over by cage in balance, died next day
Cyr Joseph 1937 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of coal
Turner Joseph 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Gardner Joseph 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Pastusek Joseph 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and prop
Toomey Joseph 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught by full box
Lohez Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Oliver Joseph 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed

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