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 descending Mine Cause
O'Leary Michael 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Whalen John R. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
McPherson Moses 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Spencer George 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Run over by horse and loaded box
Bonner Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Boutilier John 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone caused by runaway boxes
Campbell Ronald 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by horse-hauled mine car
Seldon George 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone from roof in room
Pace Alexander W. 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
McDonald Lewis 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Penny Charles J. 1927 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
McDougall John J. 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Hit by a small stone
Stephens Wendall 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion 1A Caught in conveyor in boiler room
Gillespie James 1929 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Snow William 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck head on roof when box jumped track
Hussey John 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal and roof
McNeil Neil 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Burned by electricity
Balzoni Pietro 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Miller Edward 1935 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Snow Albert Joseph 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Run over by trip
Peretta Silvio 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Royal James 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by tub of coal
Dawe Edward 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Harte Simon 1939 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Rozmarinovich Fred 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Crushed between box and drop
Martin Francis 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Struck by box
McDonald Angus L. 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Young Walter 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Parsons James 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Runaway trip; 1 of 3 killed
Fraser Hugh 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
MacEachern Donald 1948 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Rowe Simon J. 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
MacMillan Angus R. 1951 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Haulage
Desmond Herbert 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
McSween Alex 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Construction
Slade Elijah 1955 Cape Breton County Florence Haulage
Cameron Angus 1957 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Sutherland David 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Haulage
McInnis Donald 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Campbell Joseph 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Mechanical
Howie Thomas 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
MacIntyre Murdock 1967 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage: Caught between timber and box
Baxter Robert 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Fall of stone
MacInnis John F. 1974 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by empty mine car trip
MacLean Alexander 1980 Cape Breton County Prince Crushed by bucket against wall of shaft
Currie Angus 1868 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
McLean Joseph 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
Millville Edward 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
McDonald Hugh 1889 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of loose coal
Boutilier John 1893 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Firedamp escaped from submerged district; (methane poisoning)

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