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
Keehn Emile 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by loaded box
Ryan John 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
McMullin Joseph 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Slanwhite M. 1906 Cape Breton County Hub Fall of stone
Ashworth Richard 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Nicholson J.W. 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Morgan Frank 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 8 Killed by live wire
Osterfishok Simon 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal from face
McDonald Ronald 1909 Cape Breton County North Atlantic Collieries Crushed between full box and engine
McDonald M. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Riciselts Vincent 1913 Cape Breton County Scotia (possibly Cumberland Co.) Fall of stone
Hennessey Joseph 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, leg injured
Ferguson Archie F. 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Cauffery Albert 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Premature shot
Shoder Martin 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of roof
Andrews Wilfred 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Ferguson A.T. 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by a box
Neary Andrew 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fell under moving car
Brown Thomas 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Boutilier Seth 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Trip ran over him, died 7 days later
Hutchinson William 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by cage
Hayden Roderick 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Comhaire or Comhair Henri 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Killoway Eugene 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Milley Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Snow William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Smith Albert 1919 Cape Breton County Florence, on surface Burnt at boiler doors, died 7 days later
Doyle James 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by empty trip
Ward Fred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone, died next day
Buso Petro 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Crushed between mine car and rib, died next day
MacDougall Daniel 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of stone in pillar work 1 of 2 killed
Dunsmuir James 1924 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Campbell John 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Trip of boxes
McDonald john J. 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Struck by trip
McDonald John A. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured by box
O'Handley Michael 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between box and rib
Walker George 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Fortune Joseph R. 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Donkey runner; caught in drum of engine
Brathwaite Cyril 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Chiasson Leo 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by a trip
McDonald Ronald H. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12, Surface Fell while working on bankhead machinery
McLeod Dan 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Lee Patrick 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Caught between box and prop
McDonald William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Gouthro John J. 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by empty trip
MacDonald William B. 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Jobes John 1939 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
MacNeil Hugh M. 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck with haulage rope
Kelloway Kenneth 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by box

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