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
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Collided with turbine in power house
Livingstone John 1904 Pictou County Marsh Jammed between a box and the roof
MacDonald Ronald 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacKay J. 1883 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by flying fragments of broken pinion wheel
MacKenzie John 1963 Pictou County McBean Labourer, killed underground
MacPherson Gilbert 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Body wound on drum of a hoist
McBeth or MacBeath Phillip 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Sr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McKay Charles 1913 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a riding rake
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Moore Arthur 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down shaft with a full box of coal
Munroe George 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
O'Brien Nicholas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Roy Benjamin 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by piece of coal, died 3 days after
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Spellman James 1912 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Runaway empty box on Drummond #1 slope; 1 of 2 killed
Sutherland Walter 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Vaast Louis 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wilsack John 1949 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Adderly Thomas Jr 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Baudoux John maybe George 1930 Pictou County Albion (Purvis slope) Riding an empty trip that derailed; killed by falling timbers and stone
Boquet Berry 1892 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal from working face
Buko Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Campbell John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Chisholm Colin C. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Conway James 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Dalling James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Drolet Remi Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Fanning Willard 1943 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from face
Frampton Rod 1939 Pictou County Allan Shaft Run over by a loaded box
Fraser Charles Robert 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Grant Dougald 1899 Pictou County Vale Methane explosion by naked light
Hamilton James Y. 1928 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fell head first while timbering the roof when staging collaped under fall of heavy coal lump
Hennessy Abraham 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Jahn Trevor Martin 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Kaiser Michael 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lameaux James 1916 Pictou County Albion Struck by a runaway box
Livingstone Fred C. 1957 Pictou County Greenwood No. 2 Hit by a runaway coal box
MacDonald John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacKay Martin 1931 Pictou County Allan Shaft Heart attack in act of getting on riding rake
MacKinnon Donald 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of coal
MacRae John Duncan 1930 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of Stone
McCallum Harry Alliston 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McElvie John Jr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McKenzie Frederick A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McNeal David 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Morgan Delbert 1951 Pictou County McGregor Killed by fall of coal or stone from rib
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom

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