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
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Clark Richard 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Cossman Isadore 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Davidson Robert 1949 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Dunbar William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Findlay Hugh 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed on main slope by runaway box
Fraser Alexander 1875 Pictou County Black Diamond Crushed by moving coal tub against a doorpost
Gallant Frank 1909 Pictou County Allan Shaft Driving a full trip & killed by falling timber
Gunn Stanley 1919 Pictou County McGregor Injuries sustained in the mine
Hanuse Alfred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hoegg Hugh Brown 1941 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from roof
Jenson or Jamieson Alex 1914 Pictou County Albion Run over by a box
Keith Fred 1919 Pictou County Allan Shaft Overcome by gas, likely methane
LeBlanc Alex 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed: 2 runaway boxes hit box he was lifting
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
MacDonald James D. 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of bord
MacKenzie Daniel 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
MacLean John 1902 Pictou County Albion Jammed between rail cars on surface
Manning Harold 1916 Pictou County Milford Thrown off trip that derailed and ran over him
McDonald John #2 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McLaughlin John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McNulty C. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Morrison James 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Murray Ivor 1951 Pictou County McBean Fall of stone
Paris Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Roberts Edward Sr. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ryan Thomas 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Skidmore Kenneth 1942 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Stewart D. McFarlane 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Taylor George 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Walsh John D. 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Works Howard 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Shuparski Tony 1938 Pictou County McGregor dropped dead
Arthrell Edward 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Beaton Alexander 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
Bortniak Egnate 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
Burney John W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by fall of top coal and stone
Campbell John A. 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Clarke Robert 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed at fire doors by a full trip being pulled through the bank head by an over-wind
Coulier Alfred 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Hit by a runaway box
Davidson Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Dunbar John 1904 Pictou County Albion Run over by a rake
Finlay Daniel 1903 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by a rake on the hoisting slope
Fraser James W. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Gaskill Thomas 1924 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Guy Abraham 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hanuse Cammile 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Holland Guthrie 1878 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of roof stone

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