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
McKenzie John H. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Rescue work after explosion
Peach William J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McCormick Joseph 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by boom, died 4 days later
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Christie James 1920 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 4, engine house Caught in belt that operates hoist, lived 9 hrs
McKenzie Joseph 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McLean Edward 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Killoway George W. 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of roof stone hile clearing up fall
Tobin Michael 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Between full box and timber
Boutilier Arthur 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Bennett Henry 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Falling boom
Clark Josiah 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Rose James 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Guyaux George 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
McCumiskey Owen 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Orell Joseph 1931 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Arsenault Arsene 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Caught between trip and prop
Perry Moses 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Gallop Abe 1934 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
McWhirter George 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Vine Charles 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Eveley Walter 1937 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
MacDonald William J. 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
MacLeod Melvin 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Yakubaski John 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fractured ankle, infection and shock, died 27 days later
McLean Henry 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Woodland Herbert 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Woodfine Solomon 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Gas asphixiation; 1 of 2 killed
MacLeod Duncan 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Halliday Charles 1945 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by rake
Griffiths Wallace 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Bump (more than 2 miles offshore); 1 of 4 killed
Goldie Peter 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Rose John 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Balog Gustav 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Williams Clarie 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of sotne
Holloway John Thomas 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Electricity
Collin Robert 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
MacPhail Clinton 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Salon John 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
Hudson Alfred 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Falling chuck blocks
Keigan Charles 1962 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Oliver Joseph 1965 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
Warren Henry 1968 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Mombourquette Alphonse 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Natural Causes
Roberts Michael 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Kerr Ross 1983 Cape Breton County Prince Electrocuted
Burke William 1866 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of picks in shaft
Green John 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall off bridge
Nearing John 1877 Cape Breton County Lingan Explosion of boiler; 1 of 3 killed
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane

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