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
Doucette Medric 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Porter Melburn Parker 1944 Cumberland Standard (Sweetcake) or Strathcona No.2 Fall of stone
Melanson Melos 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone from crosscut roof
Weatherbee or Westhester Melvin 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Riding on full box
Thompson Melvin 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacLeod Melvin 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Benoit Merle 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Pembroke Michael 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Tomkins Michael 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Haulage
Kaiser Michael 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
King Michael 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Caught between rail and box when motor trip struck standing boxes
Lonergan Michael 1932 Pictou County Albion Fell over a bench of coal
Cathcart Michael 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
Cameron Michael 1874 Cape Breton County Victoria
Roberts Michael 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Martin Michael 1901 Pictou County Albion Whirled around a shaft
McInnes Michael 1926 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Trip of boxes left rails
Waugh Michael 1923 Cape Breton County Princess Caught in worm-gear of coal conveyor
Breen Michael 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Rock fall
McInnis Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
Buchanan Michael 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Curry Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
McIntosh Michael 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Machuniski Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Explosion of Powder
Tobin Michael 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Between full box and timber
O'Leary Michael 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Curry Michael 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McNeil Michael 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Brown Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Young Michael 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Run over by trip while trying to get on it
Angelo Michael 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Currie Michael 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Kavanaugh Michael 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Overcome by gas
O'Handley Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between box and rib
McMullin Michael 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Casey Michael 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
McNeil Michael A. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal and stone
Gardner Michael A. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
Young Michael F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacKay Michael Frederick 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McInnis Michael J. 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by a runaway empty trip
McNeil Michael K. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone in room
McNeil Michael L. 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Nairn Michael or Malcolm 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKinnon Mick 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
Semenuk Mike 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Hale Milledge 1938 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Struck by falling timber
Meagher Milton 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Skacun Mitro 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Tabor Monty 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump

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