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
Cooper Arthur 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Run over by car in colliery yard
MacKay Martin 1931 Pictou County Allan Shaft Heart attack in act of getting on riding rake
Ross Frank 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Gerard Daniel 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Engine and bed raised by jerk; he fell underneath
Brathwaite Cyril 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
McNeil Dan C. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
McDonald James R. 1931 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Dykens Elmer W. or Elmmar 1932 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Roach or Roche James Sr. 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Yorke Eugene I. 1932 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone on Longwall
Arsenault Arsene 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between trip and prop
McPherson Malcolm I. 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
Moroletto Albino 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Blood poisoning (possibly cut underground)
Conn Leo 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Angelo Michael 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Clarke John G. 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Vacheresse Albert 1932 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Boudreau Daniel J. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Hachey William 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Rector Ruben 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
LeBlanc Charles F. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
LeBlanc Henry J. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Murray Ezra G. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Barclay Thomas 1932 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of coal
Lonergan Michael 1932 Pictou County Albion Fell over a bench of coal
Stanislaw Edward 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Kavanaugh Michael 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Overcome by gas
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
Chiasson Leo 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by a trip
MacQueen Donald John 1933 Cape Breton County Sullivan (Indian Cove) Runaway Box
McInnis Michael J. 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by a runaway empty trip
McDonald Henry 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Kicked by a horse
Zusic or Zusie Thomas 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
McNeil Neil 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Burned by electricity
McLeod Alex 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Run over by trip
Gunn Dan 1933 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
MacDonald or Greenwood William A. 1933 Pictou County Milford Fall of stone
Grycorn John 1933 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Perry Moses 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
McPhee George 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by full trip
Durdle Neslon 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Riding on trip which left the road
Russell James 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Heart failure
Gallop Abe 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Napier James 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
MacArthur John F. 1934 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Head crushed between boxes
Stewart James 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by coal boxes
Jessoe Alexander 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Cullen John Sr. 1934 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Clark Edward 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by trip
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face

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