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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Surname Given Name(s) Yearsort descending County Mine Cause
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Lanswood Fred 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Run over by full boxes on slope
Finlay Bart 1902 Cape Breton County Harbour Seam Fall of stone from roof
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
Jackson Harry or Henry 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
King Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
McNeil Michael L. 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Stubbert Matthew 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Mis-shot exploded while he was examining it
Nearing Patrick 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Bennett Elijah 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured, died an hout later
Robinson Robert 1903 Pictou County Albion Fell under rail car which passed over him
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
Stewart Wilkie 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Tally boy, age 14; jammed between tub and tipple at pit head
Howlett Robert 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone fractured skull
Finlay Daniel 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by a rake on the hoisting slope
MacLeod James 1903 Pictou County Acadia Died 15 February
Ferguson Robenich 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
Cameron J.J. 1903 Inverness Mabou Caught by box on slope
Keehn Emile 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
McCuish John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Ryan John W. 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fatally injured
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
Wamboldt Harry 1903 Pictou County Vale Fall of stone at working face
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
McMillan John 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between roof and box
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
Wilson James 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally hurt by a full rake of boxes
McNeil John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Fisher Henry 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Rickets John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by fall of coal
Hyatt Percy 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed in return side of fire door conveyors
Quann Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Caught between loaded box and pillar
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
Bradley Ephraim 1904 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Metals gave heavy thump, broke timber and buried him under fall of coal.
Elbridge Clifford 1904 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall in chute, smothered by coal
Foster Archie 1904 Cumberland Aberdeen Caught between box and chute; died on beaching bank
Dunbar John 1904 Pictou County Albion Run over by a rake
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of roof coal
Nicholson Norman 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Broken back, died 11 weeks later
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McLeod John 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by motor
McNeil John D. 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Methane explosion
Mootery George 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway boxes
Warren Edward 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McKinnon Mick 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof

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