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
Young Michael F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Legnaro Benedict 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Matheson Fred 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacDonald Ronald 1984 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fire
Mills Wayne 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Anderson James R. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Matheson James E. 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage: Struck by a trip of material
Sharpe Clifford 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Snow John 1972 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26
Ward Fabian E. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacLellan Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
MacNeil Reginald A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Hall Albert 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacKenzie Earl C. 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
MacDonald Charles V. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by railway car; or jammed between 2 railway cars
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Baxter Robert 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
MacInnis John F. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by empty mine car trip
Kernekant or Heinekamp Herman 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Groves Frank 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Shot blew through on slant containing water, partly driven between main slope, drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
McIntyre Joseph 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion 2 and 9 pityard (surface) Jammed between wall and superintendent''s auto
McDougald Stephen 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion Coal Company shaft Stone fell from wall
MacIntosh Anthony 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion Glace Bay Shops Department Natural Causes
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by stone fall at face
Thistle George 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by runaway wagon from pit bottom
McPherson Malcolm 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Handrahan James 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone from roof
McDonald D. W. C. 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Fraser Stephen 1894 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell 68 feet from smoke stack, died 5 days later
McDonald Murdock 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell against in-motion engine drum
Trevison Mario 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
McNeil Dan R. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
McLellan Joseph 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Roof stone fell on him while driving
Dunphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Zanicol Barnado 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Curry Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Campbell Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal from hung shot
Nearing Patrick 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Carroll William 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between coal hoppers at surface
Batchford David 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Petrie James 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
McNeil Peter A. 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Runaway trip
Gillis John D. 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell out of cage when descending shaft
McDonald J.S. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Brown Robert 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Run over by trip

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