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)sort descending Year County Mine Cause
Keating Fred 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Keith Fred 1919 Pictou County Allan Shaft Overcome by gas, likely methane
Lanswood Fred 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Run over by full boxes on slope
Knobi Fred 1916 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal, died next day
Young Fred 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Boutilier Fred 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Borden Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Fred 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Run over by trip
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Canova Fred 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Run over by runaway motor when he jumped off
Rozmarinovich Fred 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Crushed between box and drop
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Saunders Fred 1944 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Matheson Fred 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
McNeil Fred 1898 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal
Ward Fred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, died next day
Rockett Fred 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Gillis Fred 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Caught by box on 25E main level and squeezed against low side of wall
Livingstone Fred C. 1957 Pictou County Greenwood No. 2 Hit by a runaway coal box
Tabor Fred E. 1938 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Light Fred J. 1948 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Dillon Frederick 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gower Frederick 1953 Cape Breton County Beaver Fall of stone
Crocker Frederick 1884 Cumberland Springhill Crushed between water box and timber
McKenzie Frederick A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Burke Frederick John 1957 Cumberland Bayview Fall of stone
Wadden Freeman 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Stevens Freeman 1942 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Struck by rake
Clements Freeman 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Swarttzack Freeman 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 20 Natural Causes
Girdinetti G. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Eveleigh G. Hector William 1941 Cape Breton County Indian Cove Coal Company Explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Caverzan Gaetano 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Angelo Gaeton 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Murray Garfield 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of coal
Flinn or Flynn Garnett 1883 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Meulders Gaspar 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
Welch George 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Spencer George 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Run over by horse and loaded box
Wheelicker George 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall from roof
Wilson George 1935 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Sawyer George 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Joggins Suffocated by smoke
Martin George 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Thistle George 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by runaway wagon from pit bottom
Bryne George 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed between rail cars on surface
Taylor George 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Butt George 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Young George 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Hale George 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Killed by haulage
Turner George 1886 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of top coal

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