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
Wilson George 1935 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Long George 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Scalded by boiler explosion, died 9 days later 1 of 3 killed
Sawyer George 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Joggins Suffocated by smoke
Guyaux George 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Edwards George 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone from oof
Bratcher George 1907 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Suffocated by gas
Taylor George 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Bishop George 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Stone fell on him down shaft during sinking
Head George 1955 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Spencer George 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Run over by horse and loaded box
Meulders Gaspar 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
Flinn or Flynn Garnett 1883 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Murray Garfield 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of coal
Angelo Gaeton 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Caverzan Gaetano 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Eveleigh G. Hector William 1941 Cape Breton County Indian Cove Coal Company Explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Girdinetti G. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Clements Freeman 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Wadden Freeman 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Swarttzack Freeman 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 20 Natural Causes
Stevens Freeman 1942 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Struck by rake
Burke Frederick John 1957 Cumberland Bayview Fall of stone
McKenzie Frederick A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Crocker Frederick 1884 Cumberland Springhill Crushed between water box and timber
Gower Frederick 1953 Cape Breton County Beaver Fall of stone
Dillon Frederick 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Light Fred J. 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Tabor Fred E. 1938 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Livingstone Fred C. 1957 Pictou County Greenwood No. 2 Hit by a runaway coal box
Nicholson Fred 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McNeil Fred 1898 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal
Pettipas Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal
Borden Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Keith Fred 1919 Pictou County Allan Shaft Overcome by gas, likely methane
Canova Fred 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Run over by runaway motor when he jumped off
Saunders Fred 1944 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Cameron Fred 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Run over by trip
Matheson Fred 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Mitchell Fred 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Lynk Fred 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Knobi Fred 1916 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal, died next day
Lanswood Fred 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Run over by full boxes on slope
Young Fred 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Rockett Fred 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Gillis Fred 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Caught by box on 25E main level and squeezed against low side of wall
Keating Fred 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Ward Fred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, died next day
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Boutilier Fred 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone

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