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
Lucus Marcus 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Chipman Albert 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Cherpack John 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Lamond Daniel 1946 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Morrison John 1947 Cape Breton County Greener Fall of roof
McDonald Laurence 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McDonald John 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Gould John 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Mackie Thomas 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McNeil Arthur 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 25 Fall of stone
Beaton David 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Podgurski Stephen 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
McLeod Archie 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Briggs Louis 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of coal
Handley Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
MacIntosh Earl 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Falling stone and coal
Ludlow William 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Haulage
Leadbeater Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
Hall Albert 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Conway John 1868 Cape Breton County Aspe Bay Explosion of powder
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
Ferguson Allen 1896 Cape Breton County Caledonia Struck by part of junk while loading
Johnstone Thomas 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Hilliar Joseph 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia
Howie Alexander 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by runaway coal wagon in east deep
Finlay Bart 1902 Cape Breton County Harbour Seam Fall of stone from roof
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
Warren Edward 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McVarish J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Run over by box
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
McMullin John 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Bartlett John C. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Johnston James 1908 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured by air pipe bursting, died a month later
Seaman Max 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electric wire
McLean Dan S. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 While connecting wire, shotfirer fired
Connors John 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by motor, died a few hours after
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
McLean Dan 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under engine
Purchase Harry 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Gumatto William 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 uncertain if killed; confusing records
Graham Alex 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Geuro Petro 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by box
Gaskin Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Flavin Edward 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Milo Louis 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by runaway box
Johnston James 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Killed by trip
Wasakalius Ant. 1916 Cape Breton County Princess Killed by runaway box

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