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
McPherson Lemuel 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Passino Lucien or Lucino 1916 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Thompson Melvin 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Flemming James E. 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
Hawes John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Leshambre Pierre 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Martin George 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Pembroke Michael 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Rector Ruben 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Sampler Samuel Jr. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Smillie Thomas 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by a haulage rope
Tomshaniski Samuel 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone or coal from the roof
Zomoskie Peter 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Collided with turbine in power house
Hasey Angus 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Caught in stoke driver shaft
Conway John 1868 Cape Breton County Aspe Bay Explosion of powder
Gower Frederick 1953 Cape Breton County Beaver Fall of stone
Fraser Albert 1890 Pictou County Black Diamond Riding on a coal trip which jumped track
Porter James 1914 Cumberland Black Diamond Thawing Samsonite (possibly a powder brand)
Fraser Alexander 1875 Pictou County Black Diamond Crushed by moving coal tub against a doorpost
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
Marsh Thomas 1938 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Struck by trip
Todd Matther 1941 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or Fall of stone
Beaton Philip 1939 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 1 Caught between 2 cars, died 3 days later
Collier Alfred 1923 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Fall of coal from roof in room
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Crowly Eli 1898 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of roof stone
Cathcart James 1896 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of coal while loading
Campbell David 1913 Cape Breton County Broughton Struck by runaway box
Redpath George 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Russell unknown 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Carbon monoxide after methane explosion 1of 2 killed
Harvey Robert 1867 Pictou County Cage pit Gas suffocation
McDonald John Y. 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Dericimn F. 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal
Child 1908 Cape Breton County Caledonia Polish child, age 2; killed by cars on the surface
Hilliar Joseph 1898 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face of room
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
Chisholm Norman 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Holvia John 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of roof coal
McInnis Duncan 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McVicar Norman 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Nicholson Norman 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Broken back, died 11 weeks later
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
Martell Charles 1873 Cape Breton County Caledonia Crushed by wagons
Doyle John, Sr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Doyle John, Jr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Kearney Patrick 1890 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by coal fall while loading in room
Grant Albert or Arthur 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed

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