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 descending Year County Mine Cause
Palmer Robert 1869 Pictou County Marsh Colliery (not Marsh mine) Fall down shaft
Arkley Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Hip dislocated by fall, died in hospital after 2 days
Hutcheson Robert 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Baxter Robert 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
Patey Robert 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Robinson Robert 1903 Pictou County Albion Fell under rail car which passed over him
McFadden Robert 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Muir Robert 1921 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Harvey Robert 1867 Pictou County Cage pit Gas suffocation
MacLeod Robert 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Dunlap Robert 1928 Colchester Kempton or Riversdale Fell off tub in shaft
Butt Robert 1909 Cape Breton County MacKay Fall of stone
McLeod Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Wilson Robert 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane
Howlett Robert 1903 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery; Nova Scotia Steel & Coal Fall of stone fractured skull
Jenkins Robert 1960 Cape Breton County Four Star Surface haulage
Dunbar Robert 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ferguson Robert 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Baxter Robert 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Hit by runaway box
Donnelly Robert 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Adair Robert 1921 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Explosion of methane
Perrin Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Parr Robert 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed: fell back in shaft from surface
Brown Robert 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Run over by trip
McNutt Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Cunningham Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Strathie Robert 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Robertson Robert 1896 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Walked in under cage
Ross Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Bigney Robert 1881 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Rope broke on cage
Reid Robert 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of earth on surface; working on rail line
Fraser Robert 1909 Inverness Inverness Fall of roof coal; bled to death from injuries
Gilliam Robert date unknown Inverness Inverness cause not recorded
Sherlock Robert A. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacDonald Robert C. 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
McAloney Robert L. 1920 Cumberland Maple Leaf Struck by runaway box, died 6 days later
Russell Robert M. 1879 Pictou County Acadia Collapse of coal storage structure
Doyle Robert Steven 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Reddick Robert, Sr. 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed while mining, a shot blew down on him
Campbell Rod 1918 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Fall of stone
Frampton Rod 1939 Pictou County Allan Shaft Run over by a loaded box
Macmillan Rod 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
McIntyre Rod 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Kennedy Rod 1890 Pictou County McGregor Struck by a rake
McKinnon Rod 1912 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McKinnon Rod #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McKinnon Rod #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McNeil Rod C. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacKenzie Rod J. 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Killed in haulage

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