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 County Minesort ascending Cause
MacNeil John A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Swarttzack Freeman 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 20 Natural Causes
MacArthur Harry 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Killed on main haulage deep
Martell John Alexander 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Squeezed between 2 boxes on material landing
Mombourquette Alphonse 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
White Wallace 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Struck by arch boom
MacLean Lester 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
Gillis Fred 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Haulage: Caught by box on 25E main level and squeezed against low side of wall
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
MacFadgen Donald 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
Leadbeater Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
MacLean John 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
Mahoney Patrick 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
Christie James 1920 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 4, engine house Caught in belt that operates hoist, lived 9 hrs
Prentice Patrick 1923 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 2 Electric wire
Hariett Daniel 1926 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Caught in longwall machine cutter chain
Stewart James 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by coal boxes
Jessoe James 1925 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Jessoe Alexander 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Clark Edward 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Struck by trip
Greene Mark 1928 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Methane explosion
Young George 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
Jesso Frank 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial Fall of stone
Kennedy John 1927 Cape Breton County Colonial Electrocuted in logement
Stewart John 1936 Cape Breton County Colonial Struck by runaway trip
Timmons John 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Timmons Peter 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Martin Donald 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McKinnon John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by falling roof stone while driving
McDonald Daniel 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by shot going off while firing squib
McAulay Malcolm 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Nolan John 1900 Cape Breton County Caledonia Coal fall in room, died next day
McCormick or McCormack Stephen 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Ferguson Ronald 1894 Cape Breton County Caledonia Explosion of dynamite while heating it
McDonald Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
McDonald Neil 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
McDougall Roderick or Rory 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Simpson William 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Frost Jacob 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal rolling on him
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by fall of roof coal
Brown Frank 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
McDonald John Y. 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Dericimn F. 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal
Child 1908 Cape Breton County Caledonia Polish child, age 2; killed by cars on the surface
Hilliar Joseph 1898 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face of room
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
Chisholm Norman 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face

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