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.

Displaying page 39 of 50 pages (2497 entries).

Surname Given Name(s) Year Countysort ascending Mine Cause
Smith Josiah 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Runaway mine car
Jessoe James 1925 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
McNeil Michael 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Clark James 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Pendergrast John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Clarke John 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Francis Arthur J. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone
Haley John V. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between car and timber
Conn Leo 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Boone Adrian 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Found dead on haulageway
Jessoe Alexander 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Stewart John 1936 Cape Breton County Colonial Struck by runaway trip
McNeil Peter 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
McNeil John D. 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall caused by trip
Major Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Murray Garfield 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of coal
Dickson John 1940 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Finlayson Charles 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
Briffett Edward 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Forris Stephen 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Mason Arthur 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by trap door dislodged by trip
Seward Peter 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Gallant Joseph 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
O'Connell Patrick 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Explosives
Edwards James 1950 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
MacIsaac John A. 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18A Haulage
MacLean John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
MacDonald Robert C. 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Paul John 1956 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosives
Mitchell Fred 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Jenkins Robert 1960 Cape Breton County Four Star Surface haulage
LeBeau John 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Maintenance
Currie Michael 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Swarttzack Freeman 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 20 Natural Causes
Legnaro Benedict 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Matheson Fred 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacDonald Ronald 1984 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fire
Campbell Patrick 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of methane
Livingstone Joseph 1876 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of coal
MacDougall Anthony 1872 Cape Breton County Lorway Crushed by cage
Stubbert Foreman 1884 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
Cann John 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Killed by cage when descending pit
Martin John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Piece of coal from roof
Hilliar Joseph 1898 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face of room
Gillis John D. 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fell out of cage when descending shaft
Leonard Alfred 1900 Cape Breton County International Killed getting in cage at pit bottom
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
Bennett Elijah 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured, died an hout later
Stubbert Matthew 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Mis-shot exploded while he was examining it

Pages