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
Flinn or Flynn Garnett 1883 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Fraser Albert 1890 Pictou County Black Diamond Riding on a coal trip which jumped track
Gillis Peter 1884 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Hale Joseph W. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hayes Norman 1913 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by hoisting cage on balance
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
Johnson Eugene William 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Lackie or Lackey James 1925 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof of a pillar; 1 of 2 killed
Lewis William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lycom Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
MacEachern John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
MacKenzie Hugh 1911 Pictou County Vale Riding an empty trip that derailed
MacLeod unknown 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone from shaft wall being excavated as they were sinking the shaft
Martin Glenn David 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McDonald Murdock 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McInnis Peter 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLellan John A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Muir Gilbert 1924 Pictou County Albion Struck by a trip of coal boxes
Nearing Joseph 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Penill Arthur 1913 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down main shaft
Rector Rueben 1943 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Rogers Albert 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Saunders Fred 1944 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Smith Angus 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Strathie Robert 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Turnbull William 1873 Pictou County Vale Under a falling derrick
Whidden Charles 1931 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Zusic or Zusie Thomas 1933 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Long William 1901 or 1902 Cumberland Jubilee, River Hebert Bankhead under construction fell on him
McPhee David 1913 Cumberland Chignecto cause not recorded
McAloney Robert L. 1920 Cumberland Maple Leaf Struck by runaway box, died 6 days later
McCallum William 1931 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Went over surface dump with car
Muckle or Muckie David 1943 Cumberland Bayview Run over by trip
Haslam James 1885 Cumberland Syndicate burned by explosion of powder; 1 of 3 killed
Burchill or Birchill William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carter Willard 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Findlayson Daniel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Livingstone Henry 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McLeod Rory 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Mott Ernest 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ripley Clifford 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Vance Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Horne or Horone William 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall from roof
Melanson Dosithe 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Bratcher George 1907 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Suffocated by gas
Gillespie William 1913 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box at 4700 bottom
Blue Duncan 1919 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by runaway rake
Smith George 1923 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Schwinghammer or Swinghammer Fred 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Fall of stone

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