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 ascending Year County Mine Cause
Riley James 1927 Cape Breton County Princess Squeezed between boxes
O'Regan James 1924 Cumberland Joggins No. 7 Fall of coal
Morrison James 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Naturel Causes
Lamond James 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Caught between box and prop
Young James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Squeezed between prop and trip
Boates James 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
MacEachern James 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
Robbins James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Allen James 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Electrical
Porteous James 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Killed between box and pillar
Ferguson James 1897 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Fall of roof while opening No. 1 slope
Edwards James 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Haslam James 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Royal James 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by tub of coal
Johnston James 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Killed by trip
Purvis James 1902 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Brown James 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Campbell James 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Steele James 1936 Cape Breton County North Sydney Pier Falling into pocket
Pembroke James 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by rake
Dumphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Russell James 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Heart failure
Edwards James 1950 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Hamilton James 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Shot blew through on slant containing water, partly driven between main slope, drowned; 1 of 2 killed
Ramsey James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Fortune James 1894 Cape Breton County International Full trip on deep road
Christie James 1920 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 4, engine house Caught in belt that operates hoist, lived 9 hrs
Wright James 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Shanahan James 1882 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Fall of stone from roof
Campbell James 1958 Cape Breton County Four Star Electrical
Kennedy James 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of roof
Napier James 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Marsh James 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of rib coal
Dewan James 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
Sharples James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Stewart James 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by coal boxes
Conway James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Walker James 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Dalling James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Mackey or Mackie James 1887 Cumberland Springhill Leg broken; caught by cage in balance
Cobert James 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Clark James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Chisholm James 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Dunphy James 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
McNeil James 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Reeves James 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Jessoe James 1925 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Hocevar James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Turner James 1880 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Bishop james 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal

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