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
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Cope William A. 1922 Cumberland Victoria Caught between roof and car on slope, died 30 days later
MacDougald Frank 1890 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Winter Edward 1872 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Fall of coal
Ricleslts Vincent 1913 Cumberland Scotia (possibly Cape Breton County) Fall of stone
Brine Philip 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Fowler Simon J. 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Kralicek or Krawlick Emil or Emile 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McGrath Clarence 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Legere Sanford 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Stewart Walter 1935 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Fall of stone
Tipping Royal Preston 1940 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Injuries from collision of empty boxes
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Jones Thomas 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Rector Samuel D. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Quinn George W. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Stevens Charles L. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
LeBlanc Joseph Adolph 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
MacDonald Donald R. 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
MacDonald James 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
Kennedy Angus 1901 or 1902 Inverness Broad Cove Run over by back balance rope-brake
McLellan Angus 1906 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway box on main slope
Stuart Kenneth 1901 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway wagon in bottom of slope
McKinnon Lauchlin 1947 Inverness Campbell or No. 4 Fall of roof
Deveau Willie V. 1966 Inverness Evans Mine Killed by haulage
McDonald Murdock A. 1914 or 1915 Inverness Inverness Fell under moving coal boxes while getting on full rake
McLean John 1937 Inverness Inverness Struck by trip or rope
Young Ninian 1919 Inverness Inverness Injured by dynamite shot; died a day later.
McDonald Alexander T. 1918 Inverness Inverness Struck by mine-car; died 10 days later
DeCoste Bernard 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
McLeod D.H. 1913 Inverness Inverness Struck by fall of frozen briquettes
McNeil Neil S. 1911 Inverness Inverness Run over by balance cage, died 3 hours later
Large August 1921 Inverness Inverness Fall down chute
Doucet J. S. 1941 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone
Fraser Robert 1909 Inverness Inverness Fall of roof coal; bled to death from injuries
Muise Patrick 1946 Inverness Inverness Killed by haulage
Poirier Joseph 1941 Inverness Inverness Crushed between machine amd chock pack
Aird Finlay 1907 Inverness Inverness Fell from riding rake on main slope
Gilliam Robert date unknown Inverness Inverness cause not recorded
Assiff Joseph 1921 Inverness Inverness Hit by rake on level, died 2 days later
Gillis Dan A. 1907 Inverness Inverness Fatally injured riding in empty trip, rope broke
McIsaac Dougald 1939 Inverness Inverness Jammed; died 2 days later
Beaumeister Otto 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
Gillis Dan A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal and rock in pillars
Ross Angus 1913 Inverness Inverness Stepped in front of moving balance box

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