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
Brown Thomas 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Brown Amos 1892 Cumberland Joggins Runaway rake in slope
Brown William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Broderick R. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Brixco Nicholas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Brine Philip 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Brine Henry 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Briggs George 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Briggs Louis 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of coal
Briffett Edward 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Brian or Bryan Joseph 1935 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Motor exploded on back slope
Brennick John 1870 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagon
Brennan James P. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Breen Michael 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Rock fall
Brathwaite Cyril 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Bratcher George 1907 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Suffocated by gas
Braggs Gideon 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of coal
Bradwell James 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Bradley Ephraim 1904 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Metals gave heavy thump, broke timber and buried him under fall of coal.
Bradbury Isaac 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Fell in pickling tank on surface
Bozzan Jacob 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Bozeman John 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Boyd John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Boyd Clarence 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Bowran George 1923 Pictou County Albion Caught and crushed by screening machinery
Bowens John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Boviada Demetris 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Crushed between boxes
Boutilier Angus 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of roof
Boutilier Ernest 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Boutilier Charles Jr. 1956 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Boutilier Seth 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Trip ran over him, died 7 days later
Boutilier Arthur 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Boutilier John 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of roof stone
Boutilier Ben 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Boutilier Sydney 1934 Cape Breton County Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Co. on Lease 3 Explosion at Crop pit
Boutilier Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Boutilier Gerald L. 1955 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed on surface
Boutilier John 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Firedamp escaped from submerged district; (methane poisoning)
Boutilier Charles 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Boutilier John 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone caused by runaway boxes
Boutilier W. 1879 Cape Breton County Reserve Taking down coal loosened by shot
Boutilier Fred 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Bourgisk Charles 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord; 1 of 2 killed
Bourgeois Bliss 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Boudreau or Budro Lemuel 1907 Cumberland Strathcona Burnt by gas fire
Boudreau Daniel J. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Bossman or Bosman Edward 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Boss Asa G. 1925 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip of boxes; 1 of 2 killed
Bosman or Bossman Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Bortniak Egnate 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed

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