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
Nolan John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Coal fall in room, died next day
Norvok or Novak Frank 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 21 Fall of coal caused by bump
Nutter Roy 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Haulage
O'Brien Nicholas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
O'Brien J. D. 1939 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof
O'Brien Harry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
O'Brien Thomas E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Pulmonary embolism
O'Connell Patrick 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Explosives
O'Connor Wilmot 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
O'Connor John 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone at longwall face
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
O'Handley Malcolm 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
O'Handley Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between box and rib
O'Hanley Donald 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed by runaway full box in slope
O'Leary Michael 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
O'Leary Vincent 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Haulage
O'Neil Dan J. 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
O'Regan James 1924 Cumberland Joggins No. 7 Fall of coal
O'Toole Terrance 1943 Cape Breton County Franklin Crushed between box and timber
Oliver William 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
Oliver Joseph 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Oram William 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Orell Joseph 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Osterfishok Simon 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Overs James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Pace Alexander W. 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Pagella Karal 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Palmer Robert 1869 Pictou County Marsh Colliery (not Marsh mine) Fall down shaft
Pancryk Frank 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Paris Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Parr Robert 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed: fell back in shaft from surface
Parsons George E. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Parsons William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Parsons James 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Parsons Israel 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Partner Herbert 1942 Pictou County Albion Crushed between boxes
Pashkoski or Pasoshki Alexander 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Killed by haulage
Passino Lucien or Lucino 1916 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Pastusek Joseph 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and prop
Paterson William 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Patey Robert 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Patten John 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway trip
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Paul John 1956 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosives
Paul Percy 1911 or 1912 Cumberland Dominion No. 2, Surface Smothered in culm car
Paul George 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of coal
Paul Charles E. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Peach William J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion

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