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
McDonald John #2 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald David 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Struck by trip
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
McDonald Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Angus 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by runaway box
McDonald Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Daniel J. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Laurence 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
McDonald Colin 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald or MacDonald Neil 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Struck head against roof or boom
McDonnell Dan 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
McDougald Stephen 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion Coal Company shaft Stone fell from wall
McDougald Murdock 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fatally injured on surface between 2 cars
McDougall John J. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Hit by a small stone
McDougall Allan 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
McDougall Daniel 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
McDougall Peter 1897 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed on balance, run over by cuddy
McDougall John A. 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDougall Daniel 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
McDougall Daniel R. 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall from bankhead (surface)
McDougall Joseph 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by loaded car at No. 4 landing
McEachern John D. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McEachern John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McEachern Alexander 1882 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a rake of full pit tubs
McEachern Roderick 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McEachern Bernard 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
McEachran or MacEachern James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McElvie John Sr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Jr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McElvie Hugh 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
McEwan R. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Explosion of methane
McFadden Robert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McFarlane Roy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McGilchrist or Gilgrist John 1866 Pictou County Foster pit Clothing caught in hoist winding drum
McGilderick A. 1871 Pictou County Foord pit Methane explosion
McGill James 1918 Cape Breton County Princess Runaway car
McGillivray John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
McGillivray Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Alex 1871 Pictou County Foord pit Killed in the Foord by gas
McGillvary William 2nd 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McGilvray or MacGillivray Wallace 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McGowan Harry 1902 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone from roof
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
McGrath James 1910 Cape Breton County Gowrie Runaway box, accidental death
McGrath Clarence 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McGrath Patrick 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of roof
McGraw Ernest 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed

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