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 ascending County Mine Cause
Vickers Alexander 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed trying to jump on a full trip
LeBlanc Edward 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by a moving box
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
McNeil John P. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed by runaway box grab slipping off rope
McLellan Angus 1906 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway box on main slope
Quigley Thomas 1906 Inverness Mabou Jammed between box and pillar
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Davis Ben 1906 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Being buried by coal
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
McKinnon Daniel 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal; died in hospital
Frew William 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Stewart James 1906 Pictou County Albion Struck by a rake
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
Wilkes F. 1905 Pictou County Marsh Powder explosion
Cooke H. A. 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell when staging broke in shaft as they were sinking it
MacLeod unknown 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone from shaft wall being excavated as they were sinking the shaft
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
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
Fraser J. W. 1905 Pictou County Marsh rock fall
McMullin Joseph 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Cherrie William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 killed at the 2400-foot level
Steele Malcolm 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured from premature shot
Perris or Paris A. 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell when staging broke in shaft as they were sinking it
Hannah Joseph 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed instantly by being run over by hopper
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
Henderson William 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
McVarish J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Run over by box
Sellars Nich 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
Vickers Edward 1905 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
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
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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