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
MacPhee Vernon Michael 1967 Cape Breton County Four Star Machinery: Caught in capstan
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
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
Bennois John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder
Cameron Michael 1874 Cape Breton County Victoria
Greenwell Isaac 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Fergusson John 1887 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal
MacIntyre Joseph 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Run over by cage in balance, died next day
Gracy Bosel 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Doyle John, Jr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Kearney Patrick 1890 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by coal fall while loading in room
McCuish John 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed drawing props out of an old room
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
McNeil John D. 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Methane explosion
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
Gardner Joseph 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Burns George 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Full box ran over him on main level
McDonald Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Hub Fatal injury: pelvis broken in fall of stone
McNeil John H. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Macmillan Rod 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Bonnell Louis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal at face
McLain Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured on head by fall of roof coal
McKenzie Stephen 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by cage balance
Reid Eugene 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Bellan Joseph 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone in pillars
McMullin Andrew 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 13 Fall of stone at face
Morrison John 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone in pillars
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
Trente Adam 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by falling boom
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of roof
McPherson Dan 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Killed by trip, died 2 days later
Mitetski Woosyl 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Grave Henry 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Crummey or Crominey Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Kleizer Paul 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

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