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
Jones Harry 1908 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone and coal, No 7 balance, No 5 E level
McDonald D. R. 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McKinnon Lauchlin 1947 Inverness Campbell or No. 4 Fall of roof
Walsh William 1905 Inverness Port Hood Hit by boom sliding down slope while timbering
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
Watts Alexander 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Chisholm William 1925 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by runaway box
Kennedy Angus 1901 or 1902 Inverness Broad Cove Run over by back balance rope-brake
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.
Copan Louis 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Killed by trip of mine cars
Ladime (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald Alexander T. 1918 Inverness Inverness Struck by mine-car; died 10 days later
McLellan Angus 1906 Inverness Broad Cove Killed by runaway box on main slope
DeCoste Bernard 1914 Inverness Inverness Fall of coal
Lamby (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald or MacDonald Neil 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Struck head against roof or boom
McLeod D.H. 1913 Inverness Inverness Struck by fall of frozen briquettes
Deveau Willie V. 1966 Inverness Evans Mine Killed by haulage
Lambyi (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed
McDonald Saunders 1940 Inverness inverness No. 4 Struck by runaway box
McNeil Neil S. 1911 Inverness Inverness Run over by balance cage, died 3 hours later
Dixon Alex 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone
Large August 1921 Inverness Inverness Fall down chute
McDonnell Dan 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of coal
McNeil John 1927 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Crushed by full boxes of coal
Doucet J. S. 1941 Inverness Inverness Fall of stone
LeBlanc Joseph 1923 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Found dead in boiler room; may have fallen
McDougall Daniel 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Merritt John 1903 Inverness Port Hood Riding trip coupling broke hurling boxes against roof
Fraser Robert 1909 Inverness Inverness Fall of roof coal; bled to death from injuries
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Neil 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Muise Patrick 1946 Inverness Inverness Killed by haulage
Fraser John Clarence 1938 Inverness Port Hood or Henderson Fall of stone
MacDonald Donald R. 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Archibald A. 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Poirier Joseph 1941 Inverness Inverness Crushed between machine amd chock pack
Aird Finlay 1907 Inverness Inverness Fell from riding rake on main slope
Gilliam Robert date unknown Inverness Inverness cause not recorded
MacDonald James 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
McIsaac Daniel C. 1924 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone; 1 of 4 killed
Powelle (Bulgarian) Unknown 1908 Inverness Port Hood Explosion on No. 3 level south; 1 of 10 killed

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