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
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
Love Ernest 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by a runaway box
Spencer George 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Run over by horse and loaded box
Power William 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
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
Murphy Carl G. 1921 Cumberland Springhill Caught between beam of screen floor and break wheel of a moving railway car
Purdy Walter Charles 1921 Cumberland St. George Struck by piece of coal blown off by shot
Casey Archibald 1921 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by rake of coal
Isnor Hubert 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Shannon George "Happy" 1921 Cumberland Joggins Electrocuted by shock from cable on pavement
McDonald James E. 1921 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed crossing over haulage rope in motion, caught by boxes
Amon W. 1921 Pictou County Acadia No. 1 Buried 4 hours under fall, died at home in evening
West Herbert 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
MacLeod Wellington 1921 Pictou County Albion Suffocated by methane under coal fall
Turner Alfred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by horse; in falling pick stabbed abdomen
Large August 1921 Inverness Inverness Fall down chute
Hayman Wilbert 1921 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
McKenzie Joseph 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Snow John W. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Muir Robert 1921 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Neal George 1921 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Fall down shaft
Richards John M. 1921 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Slipped and fell on travelling road; accident Jan. 4, died Jan. 24.
McEwan R. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Explosion of methane
Assiff Joseph 1921 Inverness Inverness Hit by rake on level, died 2 days later
Cameron John 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Fraser John E. 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McDougall Allan 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Ward Fred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, died next day
Edwards George 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone from oof
Robbins William F. 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
MacKeigan John 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, River Hebert Fall of roof stone in level, died 21 days later
McLean Edward 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Lyons Charles F. 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face, died 5 days later
Flemming Edward 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Found dead with radial coalcutter resting on body
Nicholson James 1922 Cumberland Minudie #2 Powder ignited by cartridge explosion, died 12 days later; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald Allan 1922 Cumberland No.9 ? (may be Glace Bay) Fall of stone
Whalen Matthew 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, lower seam, Sydney Mines Fall of stone from roof
Long or Lank Lawrence 1922 Cumberland Minudie #2 Powder ignited by cartridge explosion, died 14 days later
Jones Hezekiah 1922 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone and coal from face
McDonald Allan 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Cope William A. 1922 Cumberland Victoria Caught between roof and car on slope, died 30 days later
Merlin John G. 1922 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Caught between pump and upright timber
Borden Joseph 1922 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone and coal
Hest Joseph 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Struck by runaway car, near landing
Campbell Ronald 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by horse-hauled mine car
McIsaac John D. 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone while timbering, died 5 days later
Hibbs James 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway car in deep
Beasley Isaac 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof in room

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