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
Cunningham William M. 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock on mail level
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
McPherson James 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Struck by falling piece of coal while hauling
Crowly Eli 1898 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of roof stone
Hilliar Joseph 1898 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face of room
McNeil Fred 1898 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal
Wilson David 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by falling roof prop
McIntosh Dan 1898 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell under trip trying to get on for a ride
Breen Michael 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Rock fall
McKay Donald 1898 Pictou County Albion Fall from roof of working face
Boran John 1898 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Fall of stone from roof in workplace
LeFavour Emile 1898 Cumberland Joggins No. 3 slope Struck by cage loaded with box of stone
Fraser William K. 1898 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Darroch or Darrah Andrew 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Rock fall
Simpson Robert 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal while drawing pillar
Williamson Samuel 1899 Pictou County Albion Chainrunner, struck in neck by snapped chain
Doyle John, Sr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Doyle John, Jr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Grant Albert or Arthur 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Johnstone Thomas 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Martin Donald 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McAulay Malcolm 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McCormick or McCormack Stephen 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDonald Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Grant Dougald 1899 Pictou County Vale Methane explosion by naked light
McDonald Neil 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Campbell Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal from hung shot
Gillis John D. 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell out of cage when descending shaft
McDonald John 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone at face of room
Evans George 1899 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face of room
Morrison John 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of coal whilst holing in pillar
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
Hilliar Joseph 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at head of deep
Leonard Alfred 1900 Cape Breton County International Killed getting in cage at pit bottom
Horn John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
Jameson Hector 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
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
Small John D. 1900 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Baker Thomas 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Derailed rake
McKinnon John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by falling roof stone while driving

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