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
Kleizer Paul 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Murphy Thomas 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Steele John J. 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Chase Richard 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Caught between shaft and car
Kipping Thomas 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Jammed between empty trip
Vaughan Fitz 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Edwards George 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Fall of stone from oof
Norvok or Novak Frank 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 21 Fall of coal caused by bump
Coady Peter 1923 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip near surface on main slope
Gaskill Samuel 1924 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of stone
Nearing Alonzo 1926 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Borsato Giovanni 1927 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
McNeil Charles 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by empty runaway train
Reid Frank 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Knocked down steel boom
Lynk Neil 1930 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Struck by stone
McNeil Dan C. 1931 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
MacQueen Donald John 1933 Cape Breton County Sullivan (Indian Cove) Runaway Box
McDonald Daniel O. 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Bannon Henry 1934 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip
McMullin Justin 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Run over by trip
Layton William 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Injured while riding trip
Pordorski or Prodorski Peter 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Taylor John 1938 Cape Breton County Princess Broken cable on riding rake; 1 of 21 killed
Brown David 1939 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by runaway box
MacDonald Gus 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Struck by runaway trip
McDonald Joseph 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Holm William 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Stevenson James 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Coal tank platform tilted, threw man down shaft; 1 of 4 killed being lifted in coal shaft
Doucette Medric 1944 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Fall of stone
Aucoin William Joseph 1946 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of roof
Roberts Alfred 1947 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of roof
Tomkins Michael 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Haulage
Farrell Gregor 1950 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Haulage
Gabriel Patrick 1952 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Methane explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Michalik Joseph 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Haulage
Keating Fred 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
McCormack Archie 1956 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
Lettuce William 1958 Cape Breton County Tomson Explosion
MacLeod William 1959 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Fall of stone
Allen James 1961 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Electrical
Buchanan Michael 1964 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of stone
MacPhee Vernon Michael 1967 Cape Breton County Four Star Machinery: Caught in capstan
Atwood Wilfred 1969 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Caught on cutting drum of Anderton Shearer
MacFadgen Donald 1973 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 12 Explosion and fire; 1 of 2 killed
Purcell Paul F. 1979 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Methane explosion, sparked by coal shearer hitting stone; 1 of 12 killed
Cantfill Arthur 1892 Cape Breton County Victoria Crushed by runaway box down balance, died 2 days later

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