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
Cunningham Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Hayman Archibald 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Munroe Alex W. 1942 Pictou County McGregor Hit by a trip
Nicholson Bain 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Wilsack John 1949 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Morgan Delbert 1951 Pictou County McGregor Killed by fall of coal or stone from rib
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
Vacheresse Albert 1932 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Butt Robert 1909 Cape Breton County MacKay Fall of stone
Fraser J. W. 1905 Pictou County Marsh rock fall
Wilkes John 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Wilkes F. 1905 Pictou County Marsh Powder explosion
Sutherland J. W. 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Livingstone John 1904 Pictou County Marsh Jammed between a box and the roof
Sutherland Walter 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Baudoux Alfred H. 1949 Pictou County McBean Killed riding a trip on the main slope; was McBean manager
Fraser Grant 1954 Pictou County McBean victim found in No. 5 level
Murray Ivor 1951 Pictou County McBean Fall of stone
Geddes James 1953 Pictou County McBean Haulage accident
Johnson Peter 1957 Pictou County McBean Fall of coal
Johnstone Louis 1949 Pictou County McBean Caught by a moving cable in haulage
Linthorne Walter 1969 Pictou County McBean Caught in coal-cutting machine
Sedlak Valent 1960 Pictou County McBean Conflict with underground haulage
Fraser Donald A. 1962 Pictou County McBean Struck by a falling steel boom
MacKenzie John 1963 Pictou County McBean Labourer, killed underground
Manning Harold 1916 Pictou County Milford Thrown off trip that derailed and ran over him
MacDonald or Greenwood William A. 1933 Pictou County Milford Fall of stone
MacKenzie Hector 1867 Pictou County Montreal & Pictou Fall of stone
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Kaspersky Peter 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of coal, died 17 days later
Barrett Abe 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Bozzan Jacob 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Saccrey John W. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of roof
McDonald John 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Runaway car, died 6 days later
Braggs Gideon 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of coal
Bigley John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by fall of stone
McDonald Allan 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Williams Frank 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by runaway box
Wilson Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Trente Adam 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by falling boom
Chase Richard 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Caught between shaft and car
McDonald Ronald 1909 Cape Breton County North Atlantic Collieries Crushed between full box and engine
Steele James 1936 Cape Breton County North Sydney Pier Falling into pocket
Boutilier Sydney 1934 Cape Breton County Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. on Lease 3 Explosion at Crop pit
MacLean Alexander 1980 Cape Breton County Prince Crushed by bucket against wall of shaft
Raeshore Wayne 1982 Cape Breton County Prince
Kerr Ross 1983 Cape Breton County Prince Electrocuted

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