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 ascending Mine Cause
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
Mitchell James 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Munroe Alex W. 1942 Pictou County McGregor Hit by a trip
Nicholson Bain 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Pickerton Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Richardson Joseph 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Roy Thomas 1912 Pictou County Acadia Runaway box on the jib
Sedlak Valent 1960 Pictou County McBean Conflict with underground haulage
Smith Thomas B. 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Died in pit from natural causes
Sutherland J. W. 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Vaast Floriand 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Williamson Samuel 1899 Pictou County Albion Chainrunner, struck in neck by snapped chain
Bennois John 1867 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Explosion of powder
Cameron Michael 1874 Cape Breton County Victoria
Greenwell Isaac 1878 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Methane explosion; 1 of 6 killed
Fergusson John 1887 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal
MacIntyre Joseph 1893 Cape Breton County Victoria Run over by cage in balance, died next day
Gracy Bosel 1895 Cape Breton County Hub Fell from stage down shaft; 1 of 2 killed
Doyle John, Jr. 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Kearney Patrick 1890 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by coal fall while loading in room
McCuish John 1900 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed drawing props out of an old room
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
McDonald John 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between cage and pulleys
McNeil John D. 1904 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Methane explosion
McDonald James T. 1905 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Fall of coal from roof
Gardner Joseph 1906 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of stone from roof
Flemming William 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught between box and boom
Burns George 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 5 (Queen) Full box ran over him on main level
McDonald Dan 1908 Cape Breton County Hub Fatal injury: pelvis broken in fall of stone
McNeil John H. 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Macmillan Rod 1909 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Fall of stone
Bonnell Louis 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal at face
McLain Hector 1895 Cape Breton County Reserve Fatally injured on head by fall of roof coal
McKenzie Stephen 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by cage balance
Reid Eugene 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Bellan Joseph 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone in pillars
McMullin Andrew 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 13 Fall of stone at face
Morrison John 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Fall of stone in pillars

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