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
Vickers Alexander 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed trying to jump on a full trip
Baxendale Ellis 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
LeBlanc Edward 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by a moving box
D'Orsay John 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Overwind man-shaft cage; 1of 2 killed
McNeil John P. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed by runaway box grab slipping off rope
Stewart Malcolm 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Overwind man-shaft cage; 1of 2 killed
Dawe Andrew 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Runaway box knocked out timber he was putting up and stone fell on him
LeBlanc Edward 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Struck by moving box
Bond Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal
Brown Charles 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
Lamond James 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Caught between box and prop
Enion Benjamin 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal from face
McAldine William 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
White Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Broderick R. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Nicholson J.W. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Pendergrast Donald 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Macmillan Rod 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Theriault Wilfred 1916 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Killed by shot blowing through pillar
MacLeod Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
Burns George 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Full box ran over him on main level
Ferrymand Edward 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
Haworth Joseph 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
Vaast Lucien (boy) 1916 Pictou County Thom or Tom pit Gas explosion at mouth of abandoned slope; boy was chasing a ball
Clark Samuel 1925 Pictou County Thom or Tom pit Killed by boxes
Higgins James William 1980 Pictou County Thorburn Mining Ltd, Stellarton Fell and struck head, died 4 days later; coal dumps reclamation project
Paul John 1956 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosives
McMullin James 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Injured while replacing derailed box
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
MacKenzie A. D. 1890 Pictou County Vale Roof fall in Six-Foot Seam
McGilvray or MacGillivray Wallace 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McLean J. 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Wamboldt Harry 1903 Pictou County Vale Fall of stone at working face
Fraser John Walter 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Gillies or Gillis James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Haggart Joe or James 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Hugh 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Fraser Archie 1890 Pictou County Vale Run over in a back balance
Cummings Hector 1874 Pictou County Vale Crash of runaway rake on main slope
Flinn or Flynn Garnett 1883 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
MacEachern John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
MacKenzie Hugh 1911 Pictou County Vale Riding an empty trip that derailed
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
Cameron Alexander 1906 Pictou County Vale Run over by a hopper in pit yard
Smith James 1901 Pictou County Vale Crushed between a box and a rib
Fraser Preston 1913 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Haley or Hanley Angus 1887 Pictou County Vale Run over by boxes on main slope

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