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) Year County Minesort descending Cause
Morrison John #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Roberts Jr Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ryan John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Dunbar Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McGilchrist or Gilgrist John 1866 Pictou County Foster pit Clothing caught in hoist winding drum
Campbell James 1958 Cape Breton County Four Star Electrical
Jenkins Robert 1960 Cape Breton County Four Star Surface haulage
Blois John 1959 Cape Breton County Four Star Fall of stone
MacPhee Vernon Michael 1967 Cape Breton County Four Star Machinery: Caught in capstan
O'Toole Terrance 1943 Cape Breton County Franklin Crushed between box and timber
Vickers Leonard 1956 Cape Breton County Franklin Fall of stone
Andrews William 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
McCosh Alex 1890 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
McGrath James 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Runaway box, accidental death
Carmichael Charles 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Crushed by machinery
McLean Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Run over by wagon
McLean Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fell under coal car on surface railroad
Fergusson John 1887 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
McKinnon Murdock 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
Currie Angus 1868 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Tremblett Phillip 1949 Cape Breton County Greener Haulage
Morrison John 1947 Cape Breton County Greener Fall of roof
Desmond Frank 1922 Cape Breton County Greener Empty box passed over him, died 28 days later in hospital
Livingstone Fred C. 1957 Pictou County Greenwood No. 2 Hit by a runaway coal box
Flynn James 1917 Pictou County Greenwood Fall of stone
Wooden John 1918 Pictou County Greenwood roof fall
Finlay Bart 1902 Cape Breton County Harbour Seam Fall of stone from roof
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
Davidson John 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Gracy Bosel 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Hub Fatal injury: pelvis broken in fall of stone
McKinnon Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of coal from pillar
Eveleigh G. Hector William 1941 Cape Breton County Indian Cove Coal Company Explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Ross James 1941 Cape Breton County Indian Cove Coal Company Explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Luckman John 1870 Cape Breton County International Crushed by cage
Fortune James 1894 Cape Breton County International Full trip on deep road
McIntyre Donald 1901 Cape Breton County International Caught by runaway coal box from bank on surface
Gouthro Simon 1907 Cape Breton County International Fell down water shaft
Leonard Alfred 1900 Cape Breton County International Killed getting in cage at pit bottom
Rocker R. 1906 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
McInnis John 1908 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
McLean Joseph 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
McCormick Vin 1893 Cape Breton County International Fall of roof coal at face; also recorded as 1894
McKinnon Mick 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
Neville john 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
McVicar Alexander 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of coal from face
MacKeigan John 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, River Hebert Fall of roof stone in level, died 21 days later

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