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
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
Gillis Stephen 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell out of cage coming from work
Hardy Dan 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
McNeil Fred 1898 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal
McDonald John 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone at face of room
Horn John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
Elliott Hugh 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal at room face
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of roof coal
McInnis Duncan 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
Doucette P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Struck by runaway box
McVicar Norman 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Brown Charles 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
Nicholson D.J. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Leg crushed between full box and empty trip, died next day
Young Thomas 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by runaway box
Williams Frank 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by runaway box
Bradwell James 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Farrell Sam 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Kohusz Wasye 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Caught between two boxes
Messervey James 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Clements Freeman 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Machuniski Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Explosion of Powder
Nicseptote Carmian 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof
Boviada Demetris 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Crushed between boxes
Cook James I 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
White Thomas 1914 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Lukovitch Stanis 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal, died 6 days later
Jewer Rich. 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Shunter, killed by car on surface
Murphy John H. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Cherry Matthew 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Gillis James 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Miller Richard 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Sinclair or St. Clair John 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Clarke Warde 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
McIntyre Joseph 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion 2 and 9 pityard (surface) Jammed between wall and superintendent''s auto
McCormack Stephen 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Dropped dead coming up the travelling-way
Cameron John 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face
Harte Vincent 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Curran John 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal from face of room
Blinkhorn Arthur 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
McInnes Michael 1926 Cape Breton County Dominon No. 11 Trip of boxes left rails
Cameron Fred 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Run over by trip
MacDougall John 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof, died almost 6 months later
Greene Mark 1928 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Methane explosion
Holland Alexander 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Moro Tino 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of coal
Ross Frank 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Stanislaw Edward 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of coal
Wheelicker George 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall from roof
Vokey William 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Loose coal from face

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