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) Year Countysort descending Mine Cause
Deveaux Joseph 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Lamey Joseph 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
McInnis Hugh 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Crushed between derailed box and timber
McDougall Daniel R. 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall from bankhead (surface)
White Clarence 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Morgan George 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
McIntyre Adrian 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
McDonald Donald 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Gower Frederick 1953 Cape Breton County Beaver Fall of stone
Lynk Fred 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Gaul Patrick 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
McVicar John 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Blois John 1959 Cape Breton County Four Star Fall of stone
Conran Andrew 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
MacIntosh Bernard 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Baxter Robert 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Hit by runaway box
MacIntosh Anthony 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion Glace Bay Shops Department Natural Causes
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Anderson James R. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacRae Harry 1985 Cape Breton County Prince Motor vehicle accident
McLeod Thomas 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of stone
Carmichael Charles 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Crushed by machinery
Lammond James 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
Gillis Stephen 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell out of cage coming from work
Hardy Dan 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
McNeil Fred 1898 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal
McDonald John 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone at face of room
Horn John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
Elliott Hugh 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal at room face
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of roof coal
McInnis Duncan 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
Doucette P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Struck by runaway box
McVicar Norman 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Brown Charles 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
Nicholson D.J. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Leg crushed between full box and empty trip, died next day
Young Thomas 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by runaway box
Williams Frank 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by runaway box
Bradwell James 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Farrell Sam 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Kohusz Wasye 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Caught between two boxes
Messervey James 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Clements Freeman 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Machuniski Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Explosion of Powder
Nicseptote Carmian 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
Boviada Demetris 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Crushed between boxes
Cook James I 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
White Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Lukovitch Stanis 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal, died 6 days later

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