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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Surnamesort descending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McDonald Colin 1936 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
McDonald Allan 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
McDonald John 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McDonald Daniel 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by shot going off while firing squib
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
McDonald Allan J. 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck on head by upright timber, died 3 days later
McDonald William 1887 Cumberland Springhill Fall of coal from face
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
McDonald John B. 1901 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Struck by falling roof stone while undercutting with machine
McDonald Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Hub Fatal injury: pelvis broken in fall of stone
McDonald John 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Runaway car, died 6 days later
McDonald Ronald H. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12, Surface Fell while working on bankhead machinery
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
McDonald John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of coal
McDonald Daniel O. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McDonald Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDonald Hugh 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Severed artery in foot
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
McDonald Joseph 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McDonald Neil 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDonald john J. 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Struck by trip
McDonald Allan 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
McDonald John A. 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 fall of stone
McDonald Daniel A. 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Killed by coal tipple on bankhead
McDonald C.R. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Struck by empty trip
McDonald Kenneth 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Crushed between box and pillar
McDonald John Y. 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
McDonald Henry 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Kicked by a horse
McDonald John 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone at face of room
McDonald Angus 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by runaway box
McDonald James 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; maybe 4th man killed in an explosion or is a separate explosion
McDonald J.S. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
McDonald A. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald Dan 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Fell over trestle
McDonald John 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
McDonald D. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald M. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McDonald Arthur 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald David 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Struck by trip
McDonald Ranald or Ronald 1911 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal; head crushed
McDonald Edward 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald Murdock A. 1914 or 1915 Inverness Inverness Fell under moving coal boxes while getting on full rake
McDonald Allan 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald Harold 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
McDonald Hugh 1889 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal
McDonald Alexander T. 1918 Inverness Inverness Struck by mine-car; died 10 days later
McDonald A. J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
McDonald James E. 1921 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed crossing over haulage rope in motion, caught by boxes
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip

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