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 County Minesort descending Cause
McCarney unknown 1866 Pictou County Above ground, at Acadia wharf Fell and struck his head
Campbell John 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Roy Thomas 1912 Pictou County Acadia Runaway box on the jib
Hamilton Samuel 1868 Pictou County Acadia Methane explosion
Favier Thomas 1911 Pictou County Acadia Crushed between rib and full box
Fraser Simon 1868 Pictou County Acadia Crushed between two cars
Taylor Henry 1912 Pictou County Acadia Knocked down by horse and run over by full trip
Baxter James 1913 Pictou County Acadia Fall of roof
Davidson Charles 1894 Pictou County Acadia Squeezed by a box of timber
Russell Robert M. 1879 Pictou County Acadia Collapse of coal storage structure
McInnis John 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Nash John 1881 Pictou County Acadia Devastating methane explosion
Colin Francis 1878 Pictou County Acadia Run over by pit tub
Kingou James 1873 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
MacLeod James 1903 Pictou County Acadia Died 15 February
Gillis Peter 1884 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Turner James 1880 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
Reeves James 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Bigney Edward 1910 Pictou County Acadia Run over by a box of coal
Reid Robert 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of earth on surface; working on rail line
MacRae John Duncan 1930 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of Stone
Roberts Charles D. 1925 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Carpenter; struck by wood thrown from circular saw
Love Ernest 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by a runaway box
Auld Angus 1931 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of stone
Debodt Frank 1925 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of coal
MacArthur John F. 1934 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Head crushed between boxes
Barclay Thomas 1932 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of coal
Fraser Hiram 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by railway car on surface
Skidmore Kenneth 1942 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Moss Samuel 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Crushed under full trip he was riding; died 3 days later
MacLean Alex 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of coal
Rector Rueben 1943 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Ince William 1938 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Caught by fall of rock
Doyle Edward 1935 Pictou County Albion Fall of rock
Fraser John E. 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Isnor Hubert 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Roy John H. 1904 Pictou County Albion Killed instantly in a fall
Conway Isaac 1914 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Heighton Dan 1927 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McKay Donald 1898 Pictou County Albion Fall from roof of working face
Williamson Samuel 1899 Pictou County Albion Chainrunner, struck in neck by snapped chain
Cassidy Charles 1941 Pictou County Albion Driver, injured on his job, died after; "died of shock"
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
Jackson Aubrey 1920 Pictou County Albion Run over by an empty box
Conway James 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Fanning Willard 1943 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from face
Lameaux James 1916 Pictou County Albion Struck by a runaway box
Alt Herman 1928 Pictou County Albion Struck by wood thrown from circular saw (on the surface)
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal

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