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
McVicar Alexander 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of coal from face
Jesso Simon 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by fall of stone
McMullen Bernard 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by a trip
Roy John H. 1904 Pictou County Albion Killed instantly in a fall
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by fall of roof coal
McDougall John A. 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
Young Archie 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of coal
McLean Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fell against pump
Livingstone John 1904 Pictou County Marsh Jammed between a box and the roof
Cooke H. A. 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell when staging broke in shaft as they were sinking it
Wilkes F. 1905 Pictou County Marsh Powder explosion
Cherrie William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 killed at the 2400-foot level
Hannah Joseph 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed instantly by being run over by hopper
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
Fraser J. W. 1905 Pictou County Marsh rock fall
Perris or Paris A. 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell when staging broke in shaft as they were sinking it
McKay John w. 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by riding on a trip
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Chisholm Norman 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
MacLeod unknown 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone from shaft wall being excavated as they were sinking the shaft
McInnis Duncan 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
Fitzgerald Laurence 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McMullin Joseph 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Steele Malcolm 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured from premature shot
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
McVarish J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Run over by box
Sellars Nich 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Vickers Edward 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
McPherson Malcolm 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Davidson Walter 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Ripley Ira 1906 Cumberland Joggins Fall of top coal
Dominick P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Gunn Stanley or David 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Genter Frank 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
McVicar Allen 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Prindle Joe 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Doucette P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Struck by runaway box
Ireland Dan 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by box
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Rocker R. 1906 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
Davis Ben 1906 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Being buried by coal
Gardner Joseph 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Laforte Nelson 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Struck by full box on slope
McLellan Angus 1906 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway box on main slope

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