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 descending Cause
Burke James J. 1940 Cumberland Victoria Undetermined
McDougall Peter 1897 Cape Breton County Victoria Killed on balance, run over by cuddy
Winter Edward 1872 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Fall of coal
MacDougald Frank 1890 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later
Ricleslts Vincent 1913 Cumberland Scotia (possibly Cape Breton County) Fall of stone
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Brine Philip 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Burke William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Fowler Simon J. 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Kralicek or Krawlick Emil or Emile 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McGrath Clarence 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Tipping Royal Preston 1940 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Injuries from collision of empty boxes
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Jones Thomas 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Rector Samuel D. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Quinn George W. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Stevens Charles L. 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
LeBlanc Joseph Adolph 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Legere Sanford 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Stewart Walter 1935 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Fall of stone
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
MacDonald Donald R. 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
MacDonald James 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
Stuart Kenneth 1901 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway wagon in bottom of slope
Kennedy Angus 1901 or 1902 Inverness Broad Cove Run over by back balance rope-brake
McLellan Angus 1906 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway box on main slope
McKinnon Lauchlin 1947 Inverness Campbell or No. 4 Fall of roof
Deveau Willie V. 1966 Inverness Evans Mine Killed by haulage
Assiff Joseph 1921 Inverness Inverness Hit by rake on level, died 2 days later
Gillis Dan A. 1907 Inverness Inverness Fatally injured riding in empty trip, rope broke
McIsaac Dougald 1939 Inverness Inverness Jammed; died 2 days later
Beaumeister Otto 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
Gillis Dan A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal and rock in pillars
Ross Angus 1913 Inverness Inverness Stepped in front of moving balance box
MacLean Duncan 1907 Inverness Inverness See D.A. McLean, 1908, possibly a duplicate
McKinnon Dan 1937 Inverness Inverness Struck by runaway box
Gillis Simon D. 1920 Inverness Inverness Fall of rock
Jones Harry 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone and coal, No 7 balance, No 5 E level
Cassidy William 1906 Inverness Inverness Struck by a rake on main slope
Keating Edward 1914 Inverness Inverness Cage struck timber, knocking roof down
McDonald Ranald or Ronald 1911 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal; head crushed
McLean D.A. 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone from roof in tunnel to 13-foot seam
McDonald Murdock A. 1914 or 1915 Inverness Inverness Fell under moving coal boxes while getting on full rake
McLean John 1937 Inverness Inverness Struck by trip or rope
Young Ninian 1919 Inverness Inverness Injured by dynamite shot; died a day later.
McDonald Alexander T. 1918 Inverness Inverness Struck by mine-car; died 10 days later
DeCoste Bernard 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
McLeod D.H. 1913 Inverness Inverness Struck by fall of frozen briquettes

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