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
McDonald Daniel O. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Bannon Henry 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
McMullin Justin 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Run over by trip
Layton William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured while riding trip
Pordorski or Prodorski Peter 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Taylor John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Brown David 1939 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
MacDonald Gus 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Struck by runaway trip
McDonald Joseph 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Holm William 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Stevenson James 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Doucette Medric 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Aucoin William Joseph 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of roof
Roberts Alfred 1947 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of roof
Tomkins Michael 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Haulage
Farrell Gregor 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Haulage
Gabriel Patrick 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Michalik Joseph 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Keating Fred 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
McCormack Archie 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Allen James 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Electrical
Buchanan Michael 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
MacPhee Vernon Michael 1967 Cape Breton County Four Star Machinery: Caught in capstan
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
MacFadgen Donald 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Bennois John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder
Cameron Michael 1874 Cape Breton County Victoria
Greenwell Isaac 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Fergusson John 1887 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal
MacIntyre Joseph 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Run over by cage in balance, died next day
Gracy Bosel 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Doyle John, Jr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Kearney Patrick 1890 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by coal fall while loading in room
McCuish John 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed drawing props out of an old room
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
Mootery George 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway boxes
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
Laforte Nelson 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Struck by full box on slope
McLean D. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Ferrymand Edward 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
McInnis John 1908 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone
Raus George 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Iinjured by runaway box, died next day
Haworth Joseph 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
Chisholm John J. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of pillar stone
Butt Robert 1909 Cape Breton County MacKay Fall of stone

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