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
Van Larkin Dominic 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Laderie Desire 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Boviada Demetris 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Crushed between boxes
Morgan Delbert 1951 Pictou County McGregor Killed by fall of coal or stone from rib
Wood David Edgar 1924 Cumberland Strathcona Fall of roof
Soloman David Allen 1928 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Run over by a full trip of boxes
McNeal David 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Turner David 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Squeezed between rib and box
Russell David 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Watt David 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Robertson David 1912 Cape Breton County Queen Fall of coal and stone
Brown David 1939 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
Campbell David 1913 Cape Breton County Broughton Struck by runaway box
McPhee David 1913 Cumberland Chignecto cause not recorded
Batchford David 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Gillespie David 1916 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by cage
Betts David 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Vance David 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 On bankhead, Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Sutherland David 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
McDonald David 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Struck by trip
Campbell David 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Conway David 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Run over by a shunting engine on surface
Hayman David 1886 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a box of coal
Ferguson David 1877 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Run over by counter balance
Copely David 1918 Cape Breton County Scotia (Sydney Mines) Fall of stone
Muckle or Muckie David 1943 Cumberland Bayview Run over by trip
Sutherland David 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Muir David 1941 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Infection caused by a cut at work
McVey David 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Wilson David 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by falling roof prop
Beaton David 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Roach David 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Haulage
Lipton Dave 1954 Pictou County Allan Shaft watchman, died suddenly at work
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of roof
Tighe Danny (boy) 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 17 (old Victoria) Methane inhalation; 1 of 2 cousins who went down old slope
Poplar Danny 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McKinnon Daniel S. 1945 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Fall of stone
McDougall Daniel R. 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall from bankhead (surface)
McDonald Daniel O. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
MacKay Daniel L. 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Bump
MacMillan Daniel L 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Morrison Daniel J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by a man-rake
Boudreau Daniel J. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
McDonald Daniel J. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McIsaac Daniel C. 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
McIsaac Daniel A. or Danile 1936 Inverness Port Hood Killed by file shot
Cowans Daniel A. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck head on boom
McDonald Daniel A. 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Killed by coal tipple on bankhead
Lockhart Daniel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion

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