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
Sutherland Walter 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Moncusco Angelo 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by full tub on main haulage road
Parr Robert 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed: fell back in shaft from surface
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Lanswood Fred 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Run over by full boxes on slope
Finlay Bart 1902 Cape Breton County Harbour Seam Fall of stone from roof
Sweet Eben 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall down chute
MacDonald F. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Wilson James 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally injured by full rake of boxes
McGowan Harry 1902 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone from roof
O'Hanley Donald 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed by runaway full box in slope
Burns Patrick 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed by passing rake
McLeod John 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
DeGrace James 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
McNulty C. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Power James 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, hung shot
MacLean John 1902 Pictou County Albion Jammed between rail cars on surface
Melanson Dosithe 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Purvis James 1902 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
Kennedy Angus 1901 or 1902 Inverness Broad Cove Run over by back balance rope-brake
Stuart Kenneth 1901 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway wagon in bottom of slope
Howie Alexander 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by runaway coal wagon in east deep
McDonald Daniel 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by shot going off while firing squib
McDonald John B. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Struck by falling roof stone while undercutting with machine
McDougald Murdock 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fatally injured on surface between 2 cars
Thistle George 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by runaway wagon from pit bottom
MacKenzie Daniel 1901 Cumberland Joggins No. 3
Anderson Andrew 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Killed by fall of roof stone in room
McIntyre Donald 1901 Cape Breton County International Caught by runaway coal box from bank on surface
Martin Michael 1901 Pictou County Albion Whirled around a shaft
McPherson D.J. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed while examining shaft on top of cage when cage in motion
McMillan J. W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal and stone
Furlong Frank 1901 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Scalded with steam
Smith James 1901 Pictou County Vale Crushed between a box and a rib
Burney John W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by fall of top coal and stone
Wilson George G. 1901 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Run over by a loaded truck
Jacobs James 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal while loading in room
Roach John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed at face of room while loading
McCuish John 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed drawing props out of an old room
Young Michael 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Run over by trip while trying to get on it
Baker Thomas 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Derailed rake
MacPherson Gilbert 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Body wound on drum of a hoist
Lowther William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Leg broken in fall of stone at working face
Cargig William 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fell on pick handles
McKinnon John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by falling roof stone while driving
Milley John 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck and run over by rake on main slope
Nolan John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Coal fall in room, died next day
Marshall Willian 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Caught between cage and roof
Small John D. 1900 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal

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