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
Hayman Archibald 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Isnor Hubert 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Jordan Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Laite James 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from face
Lipton Dave 1954 Pictou County Allan Shaft watchman, died suddenly at work
MacDonald Daniel 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
MacInnis or MacInnes John Henry 1940 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of roof coal, died 4 days later
MacKenzie Kenneth 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacNeil Angus Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McAulay Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McEachern Alexander 1882 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a rake of full pit tubs
McKay Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McMaster D. 1908 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Munro Charles 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed by full box of coal
Nicholson John 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Pettipas Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Roy John H. 1904 Pictou County Albion Killed instantly in a fall
Scully James 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Smith John J. 1926 Pictou County Allan Shaft Coal fall that had him buried for 2 hours
Sutherland David 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Vaast August 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wilkes F. 1905 Pictou County Marsh Powder explosion
Bastin or Baston Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Blarion Leon 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal off face
Bryne George 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed between rail cars on surface
Campbell David 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Cassidy Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Conway Isaac 1914 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Cyr Joseph 1937 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of coal
Doyle Robert Steven 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Eloi Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Fosse Jean Baptiste 1876 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Fraser Angus 1934 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a rake on the slope
Graham Daniel 1925 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Halloran John Philip 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Heighton Dan 1927 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Jackson W. C. 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Jose Henry 1865 Pictou County Either Bye, Cage, Dalhousie pit Fall down shaft
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Collided with turbine in power house
Little Ernest 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Smothered by slack coal in boiler shed chute
MacDonald Alexander 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
MacKenzie Rod J. 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Killed in haulage
MacPherson R. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crushed by coal tubs
McAulay John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McEachran or MacEachern James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McKay Donald 1898 Pictou County Albion Fall from roof of working face
McMillan J. W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal and stone

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