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
McAulay Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McIntyre Joseph 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion 2 and 9 pityard (surface) Jammed between wall and superintendent''s auto
Nearing Joseph 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Doyle John, Sr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Doyle John, Jr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDonald John Y. 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
McMullin John William 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Beaton John William 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Fraser John Walter 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Gouthro John W. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
Burney John W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by fall of top coal and stone
Sweeney John W. 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Cameron John W. 1946 Pictou County Albion Struck by coal trip on main slope
Snow John W. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Ryan John W. 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fatally injured
McKay John w. 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by riding on a trip
Saccrey John W. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of roof
Haley John V. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between car and timber
Bates John Thomas 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Holloway John Thomas 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Electricity
MacDonald John T. 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall in shaft
Witstanley John T. 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Elliott John T 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cullen John Sr. 1934 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McElvie John Sr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Taylor John S. 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
MacDonald John Robert 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Murphy John R. 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at face
Whalen John R. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Ferguson John R. 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Kicked by a horse
Halloran John Philip 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McNeil John P. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed by runaway box grab slipping off rope
Reid John N. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Accidental dynamite explosion
Baudoux John maybe George 1930 Pictou County Albion (Purvis slope) Riding an empty trip that derailed; killed by falling timbers and stone
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
McNeil John M. 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal at face
Richards John M. 1921 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Slipped and fell on travelling road; accident Jan. 4, died Jan. 24.
Fear John L. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 5 killed
McNeal John Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Jr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Steele John J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
MacLean John J. 1929 Pictou County Allan Shaft Electrocuted, fell onto live cable in pump room
Johnson John J. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
Gouthro John J. 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by empty trip
MacLean John J. 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Hit by an empty trip
Vienneau or Veneau John J. 1940 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Caught between box and boom
McDonald John J. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDougall John J. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Hit by a small stone

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