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
Boran John 1898 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Fall of stone from roof in workplace
McDonald John 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Caught between full trip and prop
McEachern John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacLean John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope
Paul John 1956 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosives
Connors John 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by motor, died a few hours after
Campbell John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
MacMaster John 1925 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof of a pillar; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald John 1892 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal from face of room
Scully or Soully John 1885 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Run over by cage
Carr John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Hickey John 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Timmons John 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Patten John 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway trip
McDonald John 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Roach John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed at face of room while loading
McDonald John 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Runaway car, died 6 days later
Cummings John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McCuish John 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed drawing props out of an old room
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Stewart John 1936 Cape Breton County Colonial Struck by runaway trip
Bennois John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder
Burbine John 1913 Cumberland Joggins Runaway boxes
McLeod John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Crain John 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone
Hussey John 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal and roof
Wilson John 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Milley John 1900 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Struck and run over by rake on main slope
Sullivan John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed in mine
Potts John 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Snow John 1972 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26
Ellis John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Babb John 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Livingstone John 1904 Pictou County Marsh Jammed between a box and the roof
Conway John 1868 Cape Breton County Aspe Bay Explosion of powder
McGilchrist or Gilgrist John 1866 Pictou County Foster pit Clothing caught in hoist winding drum
Fraser John 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Drawing chocks out of a gob
Arsenault John 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between box and prop
Hudson or Hodgeson John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
McDonald John 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Murphy John 1929 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Boone John 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed
Mitchell John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Connorton John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacKay John 1953 Pictou County McGregor Haulage accident: thrown from trip
Emery John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Burrows John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Harris John 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone

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