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 descending Year County Mine Cause
Turner Joseph 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
McLellan Joseph 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Roof stone fell on him while driving
Richardson Joseph 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Kayens Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Toomey Joseph 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught by full box
Cyr Joseph 1937 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of coal
McMahon Joseph 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
McKinnon Joseph 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
Bartholemew or Bartholomew Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McKenzie Joseph 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Pastusek Joseph 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between box and prop
Hilliar Joseph 1898 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face of room
Saltys Joseph 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Strick by flying timber from tram
MacIntyre Joseph 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Run over by cage in balance, died next day
Fedora Joseph 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
LeBlanc Joseph Adolph 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Hunter Joseph E. 1941 Cumberland Cumberland Railway & Coal Crushed by conveyor belt
Butts Joseph L. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Batten Joseph P. 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Chiasson Joseph R. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Fortune Joseph R. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Donkey runner; caught in drum of engine
Hale Joseph W. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McNeil Joshua 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Clark Josiah 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Smith Josiah 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway mine car
Casey jude 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Laderie Jules 1924 Pictou County Albion Struck down by a runaway box
Dash Julian 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by boxes
Ford Julian 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed between box and boom
McMullin Justin 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Run over by trip
Pagella Karal 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Clarke Kenneth 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Cameron Kenneth 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Jamieson Kenneth 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Kelloway Kenneth 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by box
MacKenzie Kenneth 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McMullen Kenneth 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder or fall of coal
McDonald Kenneth 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Crushed between box and pillar
Goode Kenneth 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Beaton Kenneth 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Stuart Kenneth 1901 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway wagon in bottom of slope
Skidmore Kenneth 1942 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Bell Larry Arthur 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
MacDonald Lauchie 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
McMullin Lauchlin 1936 Cape Breton County Princess Fell off trip and under box
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
Gillis Lauchlin 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McKinnon Lauchlin 1947 Inverness Campbell or No. 4 Fall of roof
McNeil Lauchlin 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McKinnon Laughlin 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion

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