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
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
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
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by fall of roof coal
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
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
Keehn Emile 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Ferguson Robenich 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
McCuish John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
MacLeod James 1903 Pictou County Acadia Died 15 February
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
McNeil John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Robinson Robert 1903 Pictou County Albion Fell under rail car which passed over him
Rickets John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by fall of coal
McMillan John 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between roof and box
Quann Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Caught between loaded box and pillar
Wilson James 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally hurt by a full rake of boxes
Jackson Harry or Henry 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Fisher Henry 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
King Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Hyatt Percy 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed in return side of fire door conveyors
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
McNeil Michael L. 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
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
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Cameron J.J. 1903 Inverness Mabou Caught by box on slope
Ryan John W. 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fatally injured
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
Wamboldt Harry 1903 Pictou County Vale Fall of stone at working face
Finlay Daniel 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by a rake on the hoisting slope
McGowan Harry 1902 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone from roof
Wilkes John 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Sweet Eben 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall down chute
Wilson James 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally injured by full rake of boxes
Sutherland J. W. 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Frost Jacob 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal rolling on him

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