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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Surnamesort descending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
MacKinnon Donald 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of coal
MacKinnon Dan 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
MacKinnon Neil 1888 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by trip
MacKinnon Angus 1945 Inverness Inverness No. 3 Fall of stone
MacLean John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
MacLean Alexander 1980 Cape Breton County Prince Crushed by bucket against wall of shaft
MacLean Lester 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
MacLean John 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
MacLean Alex 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
MacLean John J. 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Hit by an empty trip
MacLean Hector 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacLean John 1902 Pictou County Albion Jammed between rail cars on surface
MacLean John J. 1929 Pictou County Allan Shaft Electrocuted, fell onto live cable in pump room
MacLean Alex 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of coal
MacLean Duncan 1907 Inverness Inverness See D.A. McLean, 1908, possibly a duplicate
MacLellan Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
MacLeod Robert 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacLeod James 1903 Pictou County Acadia Died 15 February
MacLeod unknown 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone from shaft wall being excavated as they were sinking the shaft
MacLeod Wellington 1921 Pictou County Albion Suffocated by methane under coal fall
MacLeod Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
MacLeod Duncan 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
MacLeod Melvin 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
MacMaster John 1925 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof of a pillar; 1 of 2 killed
Macmillan Rod 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
MacMillan Angus R. 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
MacMillan Daniel L 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacNeil Malcolm P. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
MacNeil Charles 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
MacNeil Hugh M. 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck with haulage rope
MacNeil Angus Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
MacNeil John A. 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
MacNeil Reginald A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacPhail Clinton 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
MacPhee Vernon Michael 1967 Cape Breton County Four Star Machinery: Caught in capstan
MacPherson R. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crushed by coal tubs
MacPherson Gilbert 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Body wound on drum of a hoist
MacQueen Donald John 1933 Cape Breton County Sullivan (Indian Cove) Runaway Box
MacRae Harry 1985 Cape Breton County Prince Motor vehicle accident
MacRae John Duncan 1930 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of Stone
Maddison John 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Mahoney Patrick 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
Maiden William J. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mailman John 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
Maine or Main Donald A. or Douglas 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed by stone or wood on longwall
Major Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed

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