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
Cameron Lawrence 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Gadd William 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McPherson Vincent 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Schima or Schimo Wenzel 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Tallia Angelo 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
George John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
McEwan R. 1921 Cape Breton County Florence Explosion of methane
Wells Horace 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Hill Alexander 1923 Cape Breton County Princess Caught by flywheel in starting haulage engine
Turner James 1924 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Feit Frank 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fall of stone
Murrell Arthur 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Ferguson John R. 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Kicked by a horse
Murphy John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Crushed by runaway box
Dash Julian 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by boxes
Beaton George 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Cooper Arthur 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Run over by car in colliery yard
Clarke John G. 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Morrison Daniel J. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by a man-rake
Taylor John S. 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
McDonald Colin 1936 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
McDonald David 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Struck by trip
Thistle Silas 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Morrison Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Hogan James 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Run over by riding rake, died 2 days later
Gordon Henry 1941 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Boutilier Charles 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Young Fred 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
McDonald Alex P. 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Crushed between boxes
Dewan James 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
McMullin John William 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Kennedy James 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of roof
Weeks Archie 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Cathcart Gordon 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
McDonald Wilfred 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage, surface
Cathcart Lionel 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage, surface
McMullin Michael 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Gaul Patrick 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
McVicar John 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Blois John 1959 Cape Breton County Four Star Fall of stone
Conran Andrew 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
MacIntosh Bernard 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Baxter Robert 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage: Hit by runaway box
MacIntosh Anthony 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion Glace Bay Shops Department Natural Causes
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Anderson James R. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacRae Harry 1985 Cape Breton County Prince Motor vehicle accident
White Morris 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of methane
MacIver Norman 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal

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