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 ascending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Melanson Melos 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone from crosscut roof
Melanson Dosithe 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Megeney Vernour 1943 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck and Run over by rake
Meagher Milton 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
McWhirter George 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
McVicar John 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
McVicar Allen 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McVicar Alexander 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of coal from face
McVicar Norman 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
McVey David 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McVey James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McVarish J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Run over by box
McSween Alex 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Construction
McSorley Anthony 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Caught by rope and drawn behind drum
McSephney William 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McRae Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McPherson James Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McPherson Lemuel 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McPherson Vincent 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McPherson Dan 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip, died 2 days later
McPherson Moses 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
McPherson Hugh 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between full box and timber
McPherson Malcolm I. 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
McPherson D.J. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed while examining shaft on top of cage when cage in motion
McPherson D. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Run over by trip of cars
McPherson Angus 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McPherson Neil 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Killed by runaway boxes
McPherson James 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Struck by falling piece of coal while hauling
McPherson Malcolm 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
McPhee Donald 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
McPhee Neil 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McPhee Angus 1926 Cape Breton County Princess Squeezed between longwall machine and face
McPhee Thomas 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and roof, died a few hours later
McPhee David 1913 Cumberland Chignecto cause not recorded
McPhee George 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by full trip
McPhee Malcolm 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
McNutt Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
McNutt Charles 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNutt Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McNulty C. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
McNeil Angus 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
McNeil Fred 1898 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal
McNeil John F. or John P. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil Michael L. 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
McNeil Joshua 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil John M. 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal at face
McNeil Alex H 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Attempted to get on moving train
McNeil Neil S. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McNeil Roderick X. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face of room

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