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
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Sullivan John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Crushed in mine
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
Hutcheson Robert 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McNeil John 1887 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from pillar
McKinnon Murdock 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
Cathcart James 1896 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of coal while loading
Grant Albert or Arthur 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McLain Hector 1896 Cape Breton County Reserve or Gowrie
Young Michael 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Run over by trip while trying to get on it
Lanswood Fred 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Run over by full boxes on slope
McDonald Lauchlin 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed by hoisting bucket falling on him
Mootery George 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by runaway boxes
Laffin John J. 1905 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal from face
Laforte Nelson 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Struck by full box on slope
McLean D. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Ferrymand Edward 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
McInnis John 1908 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone
Raus George 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Iinjured by runaway box, died next day
Haworth Joseph 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Fall of stone
Chisholm John J. 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of pillar stone
Butt Robert 1909 Cape Breton County MacKay Fall of stone
Campbell John 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Run over by full trip, arms and legs broken
Wade or Mahoney John 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Meulders Gaspar 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
Andreggo Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by runaway box
Dean Thomas 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Fell under full trip
O'Connor John 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone at longwall face
Edwards James 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Nevat Andrew 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
Porteous James 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Killed between box and pillar
McDonald H. 1915 Cape Breton County Queen Boilermaker killed by fan on surface
Clarke Patrick 1917 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Curry Charles 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Martin Joseph 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Newman John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Teichman or Tiechman Herman 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Campbell Rod 1918 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Fall of stone
Thurbid John 1919 Cape Breton County Scotia No. 4 Fall of stone
McDonald Angus 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by runaway box
Robbins William F. 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Reid John N. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Accidental dynamite explosion
Waugh Michael 1923 Cape Breton County Princess Caught in worm-gear of coal conveyor
Berger Charles 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by a trip of boxes
McPhee Angus 1926 Cape Breton County Princess Squeezed between longwall machine and face
Riley James 1927 Cape Breton County Princess Squeezed between boxes
McKinnon Murdoch 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Johnstone Archie 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Stoker; injured in boiler explosion
Jones Charles 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone, died 6-7 weeks later

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