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
Moss Samuel 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Crushed under full trip he was riding; died 3 days later
Myers William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Partner William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Purvis James 1902 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Robertson James 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Ryan John W. 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fatally injured
Skinner Job 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Stewart George 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Terris William R. 1952 Pictou County McGregor Killed by haulage
Walton John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Wright William 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Asphixiated by methane gas
McGillivray Alex 1871 Pictou County Foord pit Killed in the Foord by gas
Baillie D. 1883 Pictou County Albion Killed by a runaway rake
Bennett John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Bossman or Bosman Edward 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Archibald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Samuel Sr. 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Clarke Robert 1908 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Full trip pulled through bankhead by windup on main hoist drum
Crawford John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Davies Peter 1926 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of stone
Dunbar W. Sr 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Fleming Ross 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Geddes James 1953 Pictou County McBean Haulage accident
Haddon Henry 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Harvey Robert 1867 Pictou County Cage pit Gas suffocation
Horne Wilfred 1942 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Johnson John J. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Kennedy Rod 1890 Pictou County McGregor Struck by a rake
Lennon James 1926 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
Lussem or Lussen August 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald Jasper 1926 Pictou County Albion Struck by falling timber prop
MacKenzie A. D. 1890 Pictou County Vale Roof fall in Six-Foot Seam
MacLean Alex 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of coal
Martin Michael 1901 Pictou County Albion Whirled around a shaft
McDonald Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGilvray or MacGillivray Wallace 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McLean J. 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
McPherson James Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Moss Arthur 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Nacas Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Partner Herbert 1942 Pictou County Albion Crushed between boxes
Purvis or Purves Andrew 1956 Pictou County McGregor Caught in underground haulage
Robinson Robert 1903 Pictou County Albion Fell under rail car which passed over him
Ryan Frank 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Sloan Dan 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
Thomas Lewis 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Wamboldt Harry 1903 Pictou County Vale Fall of stone at working face
Wright James 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed

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