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
Brennan James P. 1952 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald James R. 1931 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Anderson James R. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Roach or Roche James Sr. 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Miller James Sr. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
Fraser James W. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Casey James W. 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by haulage
Higgins James William 1980 Pictou County Thorburn Mining Ltd, Stellarton Fell and struck head, died 4 days later; coal dumps reclamation project
Hamilton James Y. 1928 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fell head first while timbering the roof when staging collaped under fall of heavy coal lump
MacDonald Jasper 1926 Pictou County Albion Struck by falling timber prop
Wood Jasper E. or R. 1919 Cumberland St. George Fell down slope, died 1 day later
Fosse Jean Baptiste 1876 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Murphy Jeremiah 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Armishaw Jesse 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hoeg Jesse Havelock 1959 Cumberland Cochran Fall of stone
Skinner Job 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Prindle Joe 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Haggart Joe or James 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Crawford john 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacDonald John 1915 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a trip of coal
Green John 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall off bridge
Stewart John 1936 Cape Breton County Colonial Struck by runaway trip
Kennedy John 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial Electrocuted in logement
Thurbid John 1919 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Fall of stone
McIntosh John 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Holvia John 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Clarke John 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Campbell John 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Finlayson John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, died 15 days later
Harroun or Ronan John 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Coupling cars, killed by moving cars
Treige John 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Struck by level trip
Riley John 1917 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Hawes John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Fraser John 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Drawing chocks out of a gob
Boutilier John 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone caused by runaway boxes
Cameron John 1962 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
McNeil John 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Crushed by full boxes of coal
Martin John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Piece of coal from roof
McDonald John 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Seward John 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Run over by empty trip
Boone John 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed
Dragon John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Potts John 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
MacEachern John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Harris John 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Murphy John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Perhiniak John 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage

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