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
Costigan Richard 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by timber lowered down slope
Hopkins George 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of coal from working face
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Boquet Berry 1892 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal from working face
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria; possibly Cumberland Co. Crushed by a runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
MacIntyre Joseph 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Run over by cage in balance, died next day
MacIntyre Joseph 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Run over by cage in balance, died next day
McKinnon Murdock 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
McCormick Vin 1893 Cape Breton County International Fall of roof coal at face; also recorded as 1894
Boutilier John 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Firedamp escaped from submerged district; (methane poisoning)
McAskill D. 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Caught by full cage on balance
Walsh Patrick 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of coal from working face
Tebo or Tebe James 1893 or 1894 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Full box struck prop from under boom
Pike Jabez 1894 Cumberland Joggins Run over by full rake
Cassidy Francis 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a coal trip
Ferguson Ronald 1894 Cape Breton County Caledonia Explosion of dynamite while heating it
Davidson Charles 1894 Pictou County Acadia Squeezed by a box of timber
Fraser Stephen 1894 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell 68 feet from smoke stack, died 5 days later
Fortune James 1894 Cape Breton County International Full trip on deep road
Campbell Peter 1894 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Caught by full tub against pillar
Finlayson John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, died 15 days later
Pero E. 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Locomotive started on its own, ran over him
Martin John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Piece of coal from roof
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
McInnis Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Victoria Caught between coal box and pillar
Hardy Dan 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Matheson Hugh Thomas 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Taking down top coal
McKinnon Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Gualtieri or Gaualtiere Natali 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Fall from roof
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
McLean Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fell under coal car on surface railroad
Davidson John 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
McLain Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured on head by fall of roof coal
Gracy Bosel 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
McLennan Philip 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of roof coal while loading
Robertson Robert 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Walked in under cage
McDonald John 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Caught between full trip and prop
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg
Gallant Lawrence 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Runaway in slope
Cathcart James 1896 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of coal while loading
McLain Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve or Gowrie
Ferguson Allen 1896 Cape Breton County Caledonia Struck by part of junk while loading
McKinnon Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of coal from pillar
Chapman George 1897 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Spencer William 1897 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Burned by compressed powder
Lund John 1897 Cape Breton County Reserve Caught between coal box and pillar
Boutilier John 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of roof stone

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