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
Steele Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Keigan Patrick 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Gallant Raymond 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Killed by rake
Rose James 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Blackwood Fraser 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by runaway box
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Pendergrast John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Brown Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Soloman David Allen 1928 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Run over by a full trip of boxes
Murphy John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Crushed by runaway box
Hamilton James Y. 1928 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fell head first while timbering the roof when staging collaped under fall of heavy coal lump
Greene Mark 1928 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Methane explosion
McDonald John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of coal
O'Handley Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between box and rib
McNeil Charles 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by empty runaway train
Johnstone Archie 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Stoker; injured in boiler explosion
Phalen Edward 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Dunlap Robert 1928 Colchester Kempton or Riversdale Fell off tub in shaft
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
Alt Herman 1928 Pictou County Albion Struck by wood thrown from circular saw (on the surface)
McDonald John A. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured by box
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
McKinnon Murdoch 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Molnar Stephen 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Injured by timber
McDonald Arch. B. 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by a full box
Gillespie James 1929 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Prendergast Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 End blew out of aftercooler
McIntyre Alex 1929 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by cage
Walsh P. Joseph 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by runaway box
MacLean John J. 1929 Pictou County Allan Shaft Electrocuted, fell onto live cable in pump room
Kendell William 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Murphy John 1929 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Waye Samuel 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by chain block
Bonner Harry 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Guyaux George 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Dean Thomas 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Turner David 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Squeezed between rib and box
Clarke John 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Bishop james 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Dash Julian 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by boxes
Holland Alexander 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Nelson William J. 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between boom and car
Strang Thomas L. 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Donkey runner; caught in rope on drum
Burton John Edward 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Injured by trip
Walker George 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone
Reid Frank 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Knocked down steel boom
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Jones Charles 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone, died 6-7 weeks later

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