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
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
Russell Robert M. 1879 Pictou County Acadia Collapse of coal storage structure
Baker Thomas 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Derailed rake
Benoit Merle 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Bowens John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Kenneth 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Percy 1946 Pictou County Allan Shaft Wash Plant Injured putting up a door bar, died a week later
Colburn William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Crawford Edward 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Debodt Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Dunn James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Flemming Hugh R 1923 Pictou County Albion Fall of stone
Fraser John Walter 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Gillies or Gillis James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Haggart Joe or James 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Hasey Angus 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Caught in stoke driver shaft
House Randolph Brian 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Johnson James F. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Kennedy Mark 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Leonard Elmer 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Luther Isaac 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald Allan 1937 Pictou County Allan Shaft Buried beneath fall of stone
MacKenzie William 1903 Pictou County Albion Jumped from moving train in mine yard
MacLeod Robert 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Martin Roderick 1917 Pictou County Albion Suffocated in his draeger machine due to carbonic acid leak
McDonald Daniel J. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McInnis John 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
McLeise Bertram 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McPherson Lemuel 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Moss Albert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Nash John 1881 Pictou County Acadia Devastating methane explosion
Passino Lucien or Lucino 1916 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Ramsey James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sample Winton 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed

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