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
MacEachern John 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
Bowens John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Pendergrast John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
MacMaster John 1925 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof of a pillar; 1 of 2 killed
Pittman John 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Nash John 1881 Pictou County Acadia Devastating methane explosion
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
McInnis John 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Dunn John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Adams John 1888 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Dunn John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKinnon John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by falling roof stone while driving
McInnis John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Salon John 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
Smart John 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip of coal
Murphy John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Crushed by runaway box
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Carr John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Taylor John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Neville john 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
Nolan John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Coal fall in room, died next day
Newman John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Gould John 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McLeod John 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by motor
Wilkes John 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Hahnen John 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of coal
Fitzner John 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Vicars John 1889 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of loose coal, died after 12 days
Bentcliffe John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDonald John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of coal
LeBeau John 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Maintenance
Savage John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Livingstone John 1904 Pictou County Marsh Jammed between a box and the roof
Cormier John 1907 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between car and bankhead
Curry John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Cummings John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by stone fall at face
Lund John 1897 Cape Breton County Reserve Caught between coal box and pillar
Nicholson John 1881 Pictou County Vale Caught between moving rake & door
MacKay John 1953 Pictou County McGregor Haulage accident: thrown from trip
Burrows John 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of roof stone on new balance no. 9
Matlock John 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Blois John 1959 Cape Breton County Four Star Fall of stone
Ellis John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McLeod John 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
Wilsack John 1949 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Boutilier John 1897 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fall of roof stone
Morrison John 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured between boxes on slope

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