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
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
McLennan Philip 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of roof coal while loading
McLain Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve or Gowrie
McNeil Dan H. 1912 Cumberland Scotia Fall of stone; also recorded as a casualty - not dead
Stephenson John E. 1912 Cumberland Scotia Fall of stone
Farrell Sam 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Farrell Sebastien 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Riciselts Vincent 1913 Cape Breton County Scotia (possibly Cumberland Co.) Fall of stone
Richards John M. 1921 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Slipped and fell on travelling road; accident Jan. 4, died Jan. 24.
Thurbid John 1919 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Fall of stone
Copely David 1918 Cape Breton County Scotia (Sydney Mines) Fall of stone
Riciselts Vincent 1913 Cape Breton County Scotia (possibly Cumberland Co.) Fall of stone
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
Conn James 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
MacQueen Donald John 1933 Cape Breton County Sullivan (Indian Cove) Runaway Box
McIntosh Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney & Louisburg Railway (Mine)? Killed by express train, Glace Bay Crossing
Vicars John 1889 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of loose coal, died after 12 days
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane
Boutilier John 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of roof stone
McDonald John 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip, died next day
McPherson James 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Struck by falling piece of coal while hauling
Keigan Angus 1883 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by coal tub
Morrison Murdock 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip
Cann John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Killed by cage when descending pit
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
Gillis Stephen 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell out of cage coming from work
Morrison Daniel 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by tub due to broken rope
Josso John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal in room
McDonald John 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Caught between full trip and prop
McIntosh Dan 1898 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell under trip trying to get on for a ride
Gleason James 1892 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell down shaft while working there
MacKinnon Neil 1888 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by trip
Boutilier John 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Firedamp escaped from submerged district; (methane poisoning)
Jones James 1889 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Explosion of methane
Walsh Patrick 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal from working face
Robertson Robert 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Walked in under cage
McMullen Bernard 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by a trip
McDougall John A. 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
McKay John w. 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by riding on a trip

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