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 Countysort ascending Mine Cause
Zanicol Barnado 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
Campbell David 1913 Cape Breton County Broughton Struck by runaway box
Fry Peter 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
McInnis Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
Holmes Angus 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Fell, striking head on rail
Dye Charles 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Killed by cars on surface, in colliery yard
O'Handley John 1915 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Killed between box and roof
Gardner Michael A. 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
McDonald A. J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Butts Joseph L. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Ferguson Charles 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McLellan Andrew 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Pietzrak or Pietchieck Carl 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Rescue work after explosion
McDonald John 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Runaway car, died 6 days later
McLeod Daniel 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway box
Witstanley John T. 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Snow John W. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Flemming Edward 1922 Cape Breton County Jubilee, Sydney Mines Found dead with radial coalcutter resting on body
Walzak Albert 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone from roof in pillar work
Thompson William 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone and coal
Skinner Richard 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Kralieck Bohuslon 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Kernekant or Heinaekamp Herman 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Jones William 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Steel railing falling from car
Turner David 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Squeezed between rib and box
Doolan James 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by runaway box
Donovan Edward 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Moroletto Albino 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Blood poisoning (possibly cut underground)
McIntosh John 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Stewart James 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by coal boxes
Corbett Angus 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Caught in conveyor belt
Walker James 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Patey Robert 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Morrison Richard 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Karrel James 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
McKenzie Hugh A. 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Connors Thomas 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Cathcart Michael 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by box
McDonald John 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Roman George 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by box
McIntyre Rod 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
MacKenzie Norman J. 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
McIsaac James 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Hayes Matthew 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Raggar Max 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Sampson William 1953 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
McKinnon Colin 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Vickers Leonard 1956 Cape Breton County Franklin Fall of stone
Bates Willis 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Boyd Clarence 1959 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone

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