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 ascending Year County Mine Cause
Wry Edgar 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Sweet Eben 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall down chute
McMasters Earl J. 1969 Cumberland Springhill, Syndicate Mine or Springhill No. 1 Struck by empty trip
MacKenzie Earl C. 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
MacLellan Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
MacIntosh Earl 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Falling stone and coal
Leadbeater Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
MacKay Earl 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Pero E. 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Locomotive started on its own, ran over him
Robertson E. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Oiler, clothes caught in revolving shaft (on surface)
Halliday Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Blue Duncan 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by runaway rake
McInnis Duncan 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McDonald Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacLeod Duncan 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
McIsaac Duncan 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
MacLean Duncan 1907 Inverness Inverness See D.A. McLean, 1908, possibly a duplicate
McRae Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Curry Duncan 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Davis Douglas 1953 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump; 1 of 2 killed
Delaney Douglas 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed by runaway box
Taylor Douglas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McIsaac Dougald 1939 Inverness Inverness Jammed; died 2 days later
Grant Dougald 1899 Pictou County Vale Methane explosion by naked light
Melanson Dosithe 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Venus Donald W. 1961 Cumberland Syndicate Electrocution on slope
Stewart Donald Sr. 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage:Hit by a full trip
MacDonald Donald R. 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
MacQueen Donald John 1933 Cape Breton County Sullivan (Indian Cove) Runaway Box
Ferguson Donald J. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Maine or Main Donald A. or Douglas 1937 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Crushed by stone or wood on longwall
Fraser Donald A. 1962 Pictou County McBean Struck by a falling steel boom
McKay Donald 2nd 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Campbell Donald 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKay Donald 1898 Pictou County Albion Fall from roof of working face
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacKinnon Donald 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of coal
O'Hanley Donald 1902 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed by runaway full box in slope
MacFadgen Donald 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald Donald 1885 Cumberland Westville or Springhill mine Died after breaking legs
McLellan Donald 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
McPhee Donald 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Martin Donald 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
MacEachern Donald 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Pendergrast Donald 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
McIntyre Donald 1901 Cape Breton County International Caught by runaway coal box from bank on surface
Tabor Donald 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
McIntyre Donald 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
McInnis Donald 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McDonald Donald 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone

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