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) Year Countysort descending Mine Cause
Perry Moses 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Gallop Abe 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McWhirter George 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Vine Charles 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Eveley Walter 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
MacDonald William J. 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
MacLeod Melvin 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Yakubaski John 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fractured ankle, infection and shock, died 27 days later
McLean Henry 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Woodland Herbert 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Woodfine Solomon 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
MacLeod Duncan 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Halliday Charles 1945 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by rake
Griffiths Wallace 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Goldie Peter 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Rose John 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Balog Gustav 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Williams Clarie 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of sotne
Holloway John Thomas 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Electricity
Collin Robert 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Aucoin Dan F. 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Tobie or Tobin Frank 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Capstick John 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
MacDonald Harold 1962 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
White Malcolm 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
King Michael 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Caught between rail and box when motor trip struck standing boxes
Wallace James 1970 Cape Breton County Princess Wash Plant, Surface Squeezed in a chain conveyor
Cooke William 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Boazan Ronald 1983 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Crushed
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Green John 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall off bridge
Nearing John 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane
McLutchy William 1890 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof, died 5 weeks later
Fortune James 1894 Cape Breton County International Full trip on deep road
Boutilier John 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of roof stone
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McLellan Joseph 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Roof stone fell on him while driving
McIntyre Donald 1901 Cape Breton County International Caught by runaway coal box from bank on surface
McLeod John 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Carey William 1905 Cape Breton County New Campbellton Killed on main slope by the trip
Dominick P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Dunphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Gouthro Simon 1907 Cape Breton County International Fell down water shaft
Rogers Herbert 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal, died 5 days later
McNeil Angus 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
McNeil John A. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Dawe Andrew 1910 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Runaway box knocked out timber he was putting up and stone fell on him
McLeod William 1896 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed by coal fall while removing coal leg

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