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 ascending County Mine Cause
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
Nicholson Norman 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Broken back, died 11 weeks later
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McDougall John A. 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
Roy John H. 1904 Pictou County Albion Killed instantly in a fall
McLeod John 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by motor
Young Archie 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of coal
McNeil John D. 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Methane explosion
McLean Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fell against pump
Mootery George 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway boxes
Fisher Henry 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
Hyatt Percy 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed in return side of fire door conveyors
Purdy Charles L. 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of rock
Ryan John W. 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fatally injured
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
Keehn Emile 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
McCuish John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
Finlay Daniel 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by a rake on the hoisting slope
McDonald Dan 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of cage down shaft
Nearing Patrick 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
MacLeod James 1903 Pictou County Acadia Died 15 February
McNeil John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Cameron J.J. 1903 Inverness Mabou Caught by box on slope
Bennett Elijah 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured, died an hout later
Rickets John A. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by fall of coal
Quann Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Caught between loaded box and pillar
Jackson Harry or Henry 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Wamboldt Harry 1903 Pictou County Vale Fall of stone at working face
King Joseph 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Robinson Robert 1903 Pictou County Albion Fell under rail car which passed over him
King William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
McNeil Michael L. 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Hamilton William 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Killed by runaway trip on slope
Stubbert Matthew 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Mis-shot exploded while he was examining it
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
Ferguson Robenich 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone
McMillan John 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between roof and box
Wilson James 1903 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatally hurt by a full rake of boxes
McDonald John Y. 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
Elliott Hugh 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal at room face
McNulty C. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Moncusco Angelo 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by full tub on main haulage road
Purvis James 1902 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal

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