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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Surnamesort descending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Benoit Bennie Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Benoit Merle 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Benoit Rodham 1917 Pictou County Albion Asphyxiated by methane
Bentcliffe John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Berallen Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Berger Charles 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by a trip of boxes
Bert Alphonse 1940 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone from roof
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Betts David 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Bigley John 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by fall of stone
Bigney Robert 1881 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Rope broke on cage
Bigney Edward 1910 Pictou County Acadia Run over by a box of coal
Bigney or Bignay Alex 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
Bishop George 1900 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Stone fell on him down shaft during sinking
Bishop james 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Blackwood Thomas 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Blackwood Fraser 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by runaway box
Blake William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Blarion Leon 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal off face
Blinkhorn Arthur 1924 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal
Blois John 1959 Cape Breton County Four Star Fall of stone
Blue John 1881 Cumberland Springhill Struck by cage
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
Blue Duncan 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by runaway rake
Boa Constatntine 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Boates James 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Boazan Ronald 1983 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Crushed
Bobbie Edward 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Bonar William 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Bonar John 1877 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Fall of stone
Bond George 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Bond Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal
Bond Philip 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone
Bonnell Louis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal at face
Bonner Harry 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone
Bonner Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Boone Isaac 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Boone John 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed
Boone Adrian 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Found dead on haulageway
Boozan Leo 1963 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Boquet Berry 1892 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal from working face
Boram Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Boran John 1898 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 slope Fall of stone from roof in workplace
Borden Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Borden Joseph 1922 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone and coal
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Borsato Giovanni 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Bortniak Egnate 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Bosman or Bossman Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Boss Asa G. 1925 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip of boxes; 1 of 2 killed

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