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
Hawes John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wooden John 1918 Pictou County Greenwood roof fall
Pettipas Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal
Delmouth Arthur 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Works Howard 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Pickerton Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
George John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
McIntyre Joseph 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion 2 and 9 pityard (surface) Jammed between wall and superintendent''s auto
Boutilier Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Smith Albert 1919 Cape Breton County Florence, on surface Burnt at boiler doors, died 7 days later
Kipping Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between empty trip
Thurbid John 1919 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Fall of stone
Pohoronz Wasyl 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Blue Duncan 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by runaway rake
Gunn Stanley 1919 Pictou County McGregor Injuries sustained in the mine
Keith Fred 1919 Pictou County Allan Shaft Overcome by gas, likely methane
Taylor John B. 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught in fly wheel
Terris Asa S. 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Run over by full box
Turner Joseph 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Young Ninian 1919 Inverness Inverness Injured by dynamite shot; died a day later.
Brown Leo 1919 Pictou County Albion Struck by a cage in a balance
Wood Jasper E. or R. 1919 Cumberland St. George Fell down slope, died 1 day later
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Locke James 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by piece of wood
McLeod Daniel 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway box
McDougald Stephen 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion Coal Company shaft Stone fell from wall
Bigley John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by fall of stone
Gossens Octav 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Spencer George 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Run over by horse and loaded box
Love Ernest 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by a runaway box
Kaspersky Peter 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of coal, died 17 days later
Hanrahan Joseph 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Jammed between loaded box and boom
Boutilier Angus 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of roof
Christie James 1920 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 4, engine house Caught in belt that operates hoist, lived 9 hrs
McDonald Allan J. 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck on head by upright timber, died 3 days later
Witstanley John T. 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
McDonald Hugh 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Severed artery in foot
Edwards Benjamin 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Electrocuted in power house
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Fraser Hiram 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by railway car on surface
McCormack Stephen 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Dropped dead coming up the travelling-way
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
McDonald Kenneth 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Crushed between box and pillar
Doyle James 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by empty trip
Jackson Aubrey 1920 Pictou County Albion Run over by an empty box
Vaughan Fitz 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Jowett or Gowett John Ernest 1920 Cumberland Victoria cause not recorded
McDonald Angus 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by runaway box

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