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
Gerard Daniel 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Engine and bed raised by jerk; he fell underneath
Kavanaugh Michael 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Overcome by gas
Kutzyk Matthew 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Martin Isadore 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Bradbury Isaac 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2, Surface Fell in pickling tank on surface
Clarke Herbert 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Michaelites Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Run over by trip
McPhee Donald 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Jobes John 1939 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
MacNeil Hugh M. 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck with haulage rope
Kelloway Kenneth 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by box
Barnes William 1943 Cape Breton County Tomson Struck by runaway box
Foley Thomas 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Hart Thomas 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Caverzan Gaetano 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Jeffrey Leonard 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Explosives
Tremblett Phillip 1949 Cape Breton County Greener Haulage
Gardiner Richard 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Desmond William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Jamieson Kenneth 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Budden Leonard 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
McDougall Daniel 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
MacDonald John Robert 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McPherson Angus 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Seward Wilfred 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Sharpe Arthur 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Morrison James 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Naturel 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
MacLellan Earl 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
MacNeil Reginald A. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Tighe Danny (boy) 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 17 (old Victoria) Methane inhalation; 1 of 2 cousins who went down old slope
Timmons Peter 1867 Cape Breton County Collins Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Winter Edward 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal; possibly in Cumberland County
Martell Charles 1873 Cape Breton County Caledonia Crushed by wagons
Hall Edward 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria Possibly in Cumberland County
Gleason James 1892 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell down shaft while working there
Davidson John 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Doyle John, Sr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Willis William 1899 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of roof stone whilst driving
Roach John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Killed at face of room while loading
Parr Robert 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Killed: fell back in shaft from surface
McCuish John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McLeod John 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by motor
Steele Malcolm 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fatally injured from premature shot
Rocker R. 1906 Cape Breton County International Fall of stone from roof
Burridge W. 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fell under trip
Pendergrast Donald 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Churchill Joseph 1908 Cape Breton County Emery Mine Fell into Emery shaft
Kitely George 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
MacDougall M. 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone

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