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
MacDonald James D. 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of bord
Morrison James 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Paris Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Walsh John D. 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Works Howard 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Bosman or Bossman Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Coulier Alfred 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Hit by a runaway box
Hanuse Cammile 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Luddington Truman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacLean John J. 1929 Pictou County Allan Shaft Electrocuted, fell onto live cable in pump room
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Hasey Angus 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Caught in stoke driver shaft
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Collided with turbine in power house
Conway John 1868 Cape Breton County Aspe Bay Explosion of powder
Gower Frederick 1953 Cape Breton County Beaver Fall of stone
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
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
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
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Collier Alfred 1923 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Fall of coal from roof in room
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
Harvey Robert 1867 Pictou County Cage pit Gas suffocation
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
McDonald Neil 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Frost Jacob 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal rolling on him
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by fall of roof coal
Brown Frank 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
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

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