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
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
Wamboldt Harry 1903 Pictou County Vale Fall of stone at working face
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Ryan John W. 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fatally injured
Nearing Patrick 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Cameron J.J. 1903 Inverness Mabou Caught by box on slope
Bennett Elijah 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured, died an hout later
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
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
McMillan John 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between roof and box
Keehn Emile 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
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
Wilson James 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally hurt by a full rake of boxes
McCuish John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Howlett Robert 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone fractured skull
Fisher Henry 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
Finlay Daniel 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by a rake on the hoisting slope
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
Ferguson Robenich 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
Hyatt Percy 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed in return side of fire door conveyors
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
Robinson Robert 1903 Pictou County Albion Fell under rail car which passed over him
McNeil John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Rickets John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by fall of coal
Quann Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Caught between loaded box and pillar
Jackson Harry or Henry 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
King Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
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
MacLeod James 1903 Pictou County Acadia Died 15 February
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McLeod John 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by motor
Dunbar John 1904 Pictou County Albion Run over by a rake
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
Livingstone John 1904 Pictou County Marsh Jammed between a box and the roof
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
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

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