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
MacPhee Vernon Michael 1967 Cape Breton County Four Star Machinery: Caught in capstan
MacIntosh Earl 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Falling stone and coal
Smith Arnold S. 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between box and timbe
MacIntyre Murdock 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between timber and box
Forrester Stanley 1967 Cape Breton County Princess Natural Causes
Seward John 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Run over by empty trip
Reashor Maurice 1968 Cape Breton County Princess Coronary heart attack
Gillis Fred 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Caught by box on 25E main level and squeezed against low side of wall
Canova Fred 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Run over by runaway motor when he jumped off
King Michael 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Caught between rail and box when motor trip struck standing boxes
Warren Henry 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
White Wallace 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Struck by arch boom
Swarttzack Freeman 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 20 Natural Causes
Andrews Stanley 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Natural Causes
MacIntosh Anthony 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion Glace Bay Shops Department Natural Causes
Stoker Matthew 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Natural Causes
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Gilroy Floyd O. 1969 Cumberland Syndicate Fall of stone
MacKenzie Earl C. 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
McMasters Earl J. 1969 Cumberland Springhill, Syndicate Mine or Springhill No. 1 Struck by empty trip
Baxter Robert 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
Burbine Joseph 1969 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Died of natural causes in mine
Linthorne Walter 1969 Pictou County McBean Caught in coal-cutting machine
MacArthur Harry 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Killed on main haulage deep
Martell John Alexander 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Squeezed between 2 boxes on material landing
MacKenzie Alex J. 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by a trip on the south angle
Wallace James 1970 Cape Breton County Princess Wash Plant, Surface Squeezed in a chain conveyor
Mombourquette Alphonse 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
MacLean Lester 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
Legnaro Benedict 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Finlayson Daniel 1971 Cape Breton County Princess Wash Plant, Surface Running cars at plant,got jammed between couplings of a full car and empty car
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Matheson James E. 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage: Struck by a trip of material
Snow John 1972 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26
Maloney James 1973 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Died of natural causes in mine
MacLellan Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
MacFadgen Donald 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
Leadbeater Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
MacDonald Charles V. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by railway car; or jammed between 2 railway cars
MacInnis John F. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by empty mine car trip
LeBlanc Daniel 1976 Cape Breton County Lingan Struck by a material trip
McKeigan George Hector 1978 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Fall of stone
Stevens Hugh "Dulie" Arthur 1978 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Accident, blasting incident; died 29 days later
Cameron Alexander 1978 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of stone
Ward Fabian E. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacNeil Reginald A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Hall Albert 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed

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