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
Merlin John G. 1922 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Caught between pump and upright timber
Merrit Edward 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Messervey James 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Meulders Gaspar 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
Michaelites Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
Michalik Joseph 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Michniak or Michmiak or Michneak Emerson 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed between packs caused by bump
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
Millard Victor 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Miller Penman 1926 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Miller Bernard 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Miller Charles 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Miller Edward 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Miller Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Miller James Sr. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Milley Nelson 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Milley Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Milley John 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck and run over by rake on main slope
Mills Wayne 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Millville Edward 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Milo Louis 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by runaway box
Milton Logan 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Mini Francisco 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Electric wire
Mintis William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Miskin Wasil 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord; 1 of 2 killed
Mitchell William James 1925 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip of boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Mitchell James 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Mitchell John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mitchell Fred 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Mitetski Woosyl 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Modesto Antonio 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Moffat Clifford 1915 Cumberland Minudie Fall of stone
Mollish John 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Molnar Stephen 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Injured by timber
Mombourquette Alphonse 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
Moncusco Angelo 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by full tub on main haulage road
Moore Arthur 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down shaft with a full box of coal
Mooring Carl 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Mootery George 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway boxes
Morgan Frank 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Killed by live wire
Morgan Delbert 1951 Pictou County McGregor Killed by fall of coal or stone from rib
Morgan George 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Moro Tino 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Moroletto Albino 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Blood poisoning (possibly cut underground)
Morris James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
Morrison Daniel 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by tub due to broken rope

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