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
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Grycorn John 1933 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Russell James 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Heart failure
McPhee Malcolm 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Luffman William 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Collins William 1943 Cape Breton County Princess Crushed under trip
Shaw Thomas 1958 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
MacKinnon Daniel 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Orell Joseph 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Gallop Abe 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Eveley Walter 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
MacDonald William J. 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
MacLeod Melvin 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Halliday Charles 1945 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by rake
MacDonald Harold 1962 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
McInnis Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
Burgoyne Nelson 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Rollins John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Campbell John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Cann William 1942 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by trip
Keigan Charles 1962 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Patey Robert 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Morrison Richard 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Boyd Clarence 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Finlayson Daniel 1971 Cape Breton County Princess Wash Plant, Surface Running cars at plant,got jammed between couplings of a full car and empty car
Wallace James 1970 Cape Breton County Princess Wash Plant, Surface Squeezed in a chain conveyor
McDonald H. 1915 Cape Breton County Queen Boilermaker killed by fan on surface
Robertson David 1912 Cape Breton County Queen Fall of coal and stone
Finlayson John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, died 15 days later
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
McKenzie Archy 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
Stubbert Foreman 1884 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
Martin John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Piece of coal from roof
Stubbert Matthew 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Mis-shot exploded while he was examining it
Horn John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
Evans George 1899 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face of room
Jameson Hector 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald John 1892 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal from face of room
Jacobs James 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal while loading in room
Roach John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed at face of room while loading
Gardner Joseph 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
McLain Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured on head by fall of roof coal
McNeil John 1887 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
Laforte Nelson 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Struck by full box on slope
McVarish J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Run over by box
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
Johnston James 1908 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured by air pipe bursting, died a month later
Sellars Nich 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
McDonald Hugh 1889 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal

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