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
McCharles Roderick 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hayden Roderick 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
McEachern Roderick 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McNeil Roderick 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by empty trip
McMullin Roderick 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Martin Roderick 1917 Pictou County Albion Suffocated in his draeger machine due to carbonic acid leak
McNeil Roderick 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McNeil Roderick X. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face of room
Benoit Rodham 1917 Pictou County Albion Asphyxiated by methane
Ernest Roger 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Noiles Roger 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Short Romeo Andrew 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McDonald Ronald 1909 Cape Breton County North Atlantic Collieries Crushed between full box and engine
McAulay Ronald 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 22 Fall of stone
Boazan Ronald 1983 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Crushed
MacDonald Ronald 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ferguson Ronald 1894 Cape Breton County Caledonia Explosion of dynamite while heating it
MacDonald Ronald 1984 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fire
Campbell Ronald 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by horse-hauled mine car
McDonald Ronald H. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12, Surface Fell while working on bankhead machinery
McLeod Rory 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McDonald Rory B. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Kerr Ross 1983 Cape Breton County Prince Electrocuted
Fleming Ross 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Nutter Roy 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Haulage
Kane Roy 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
McFarlane Roy 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Feltmate Roy Edward 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Tipping Royal Preston 1940 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Injuries from collision of empty boxes
Rector Ruben 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Rector Rueben 1943 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Marsh Russel 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Morse Russell 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Gilroy Russell A. 1954 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Fall of stone; 1 of 3 killed
Farrell Sam 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Muckle Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Tomshaniski Samuel 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone or coal from the roof
Moss Samuel 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Crushed under full trip he was riding; died 3 days later
Dawson Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gaskill Samuel 1924 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Hale Samuel 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Waye Samuel 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by chain block
Furbow Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Terrio or Terris Samuel 1918 Cumberland Joggins 2 runaway cars, died 2 days later
Copley Samuel 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Machinery
Clark Samuel 1925 Pictou County Thom or Tom pit Killed by boxes
Hamilton Samuel 1868 Pictou County Acadia Methane explosion
Legere Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Williamson Samuel 1899 Pictou County Albion Chainrunner, struck in neck by snapped chain

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