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 County Minesort descending Cause
Young Archie 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of coal
McLean Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fell against pump
McGowan Harry 1902 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone from roof
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
Stewart Wilkie 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Tally boy, age 14; jammed between tub and tipple at pit head
Howlett Robert 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone fractured skull
Jesso Simon 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by fall of stone
Ferguson Robenich 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
Brennick John 1870 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagon
McLellan A. 1870 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by loconotive
Green John 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall off bridge
McKinnon J. 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of coal
Simpson John 1866 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagons
McMullen Kenneth 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder or fall of coal
Lammond James 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
McCormack Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Bennois John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder
Sullivan John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed in mine
McIntyre W. 1868 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed by machinery
Neal John 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 2 (Lloyd's Cove) Struck by runaway box
Aexter Alex 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Explosion
Amey Arthur 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Messervey James 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Murphy Brian 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Ferguson Archie F. 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Parsons Israel 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Reid Eugene 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Wade or Mahoney John 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Purchase Harry 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Foster John A. 1912 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
McNeil John P. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed by runaway box grab slipping off rope
Stewart Malcolm 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Overwind man-shaft cage; 1of 2 killed
McKinnon F. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Runaway box inflicted injury causing death
Bonar John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
Aldrid William 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fatally injured while riding in empty trip
Williamson James 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of coal
Young Thomas 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by runaway box
Morrison John 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of coal whilst holing in pillar
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
MacDougall M. 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Greenwell Isaac 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McCuish John 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed drawing props out of an old room
Hutcheson Robert 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Young Michael 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Run over by trip while trying to get on it
McDonald Murdoch 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Steele Thomas 1887 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone
McNeil Roderick 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Reddick Robert, Sr. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed while mining, a shot blew down on him

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