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
Prindle Joe 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Doucette P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Struck by runaway box
Ireland Dan 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by box
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
Rocker R. 1906 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
LeBlanc Edward 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Struck by moving box
McLellan Angus 1906 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway box on main slope
Gardner Joseph 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Gunn Stanley or David 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Laforte Nelson 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Struck by full box on slope
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
Reddick Robert, Sr. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed while mining, a shot blew down on him
Aird Finlay 1907 Inverness Inverness Fell from riding rake on main slope
McKinnon F. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Runaway box inflicted injury causing death
Brown Frank 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Dericimn F. 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal
Holvia John 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
MacLean Duncan 1907 Inverness Inverness See D.A. McLean, 1908, possibly a duplicate
McVicar Norman 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Wilson Nelson 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed on surface by haulage rope used to convey cars under screens
Ashworth Richard 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Bratcher George 1907 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Suffocated by gas
Burridge W. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip
MacDonald J. P. 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by box at bottom of balance
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Findlay Hugh 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed on main slope by runaway box
McLean D. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
McMullin John 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Clarke Robert 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed at fire doors by a full trip being pulled through the bank head by an over-wind
McNeil Roderick 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by empty trip
Strople Ralph 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Grant William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Cormier John 1907 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between car and bankhead
McDonald C.R. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by empty trip
Adey Benjamin 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Munroe John 1907 Cape Breton County Emery Mine Fall of stone
McNeil Angus 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Boudreau or Budro Lemuel 1907 Cumberland Strathcona Burnt by gas fire
Gouthro Simon 1907 Cape Breton County International Fell down water shaft
Philpot Nicholas 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Gillis Dan A. 1907 Inverness Inverness Fatally injured riding in empty trip, rope broke
Campbell John A. 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone
McDonald James 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; maybe 4th man killed in an explosion or is a separate explosion
McKenzie Archy 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
Little Ernest 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Smothered by slack coal in boiler shed chute
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip
Brown Charles 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
Broderick R. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Nicholson J.W. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Pendergrast Donald 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed

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