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
Conn Leo 1932 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone
Boone Adrian 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Found dead on haulageway
Jessoe Alexander 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Stewart John 1936 Cape Breton County Colonial Struck by runaway trip
McNeil Peter 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
McNeil John D. 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall caused by trip
Major Joseph 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Murray Garfield 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of coal
Dickson John 1940 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Finlayson Charles 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by trip
Briffett Edward 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone
Forris Stephen 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Mason Arthur 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by trap door dislodged by trip
Seward Peter 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Gallant Joseph 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
O'Connell Patrick 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Explosives
Edwards James 1950 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
MacIsaac John A. 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18A Haulage
MacLean John 1953 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
MacDonald Robert C. 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone
Paul John 1956 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosives
Mitchell Fred 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Fall of stone
Thorne Wesley 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Jenkins Robert 1960 Cape Breton County Four Star Surface haulage
LeBeau John 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Maintenance
Currie Michael 1966 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Swarttzack Freeman 1968 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 20 Natural Causes
Legnaro Benedict 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Matheson Fred 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
MacDonald Ronald 1984 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fire
Simpson John 1866 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Run over by wagons
McMullen Kenneth 1871 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder or fall of coal
Burchell John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fell down shaft
Keigan Angus 1883 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by coal tub
Morrison Murdock 1890 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by empty trip
Finlayson John 1894 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal, died 15 days later
Crowly Eli 1898 Cape Breton County Bridgeport Fall of roof stone
Campbell Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal from hung shot
McDonald John 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone at head of deep
McDonald John Y. 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Nearing Patrick 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Whiteway William 1903 Cape Breton County Reserve Methane explosion No.5 S level, French slope; died from burns 3 days later
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
McVicar Allen 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Dericimn F. 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal
McKenzie Archy 1907 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal
McDonald J.A. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of stone

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