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
Howatt Timothy 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Lyall Matthew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Colin 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McRae Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Breen Michael 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Rock fall
Collin Andrew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn Philip 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hubert William 1940 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Caught between 2 rail cars on surface
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Smith Angus 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hayman David 1886 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a box of coal
Muir David 1941 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Infection caused by a cut at work
Nelms Hubert 1924 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Elliott John T 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Foley Martin 1874 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crash of a runaway rake
Johnstone or Johnston Neil 1892 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by coal hopper
MacKenzie Lawrence 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
McLeod Oliver 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Muirhead William B. 1912 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Runaway empty box on Drummond #1 slope; 1 of 2 killed
Pero E. 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Locomotive started on its own, ran over him
Whitty Stephen 1941 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a trip of coal
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Glenwright Thomas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Jones Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald D. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
MacMillan Daniel L 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Ross Alexander 1911 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a rake
Cassidy Francis 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a coal trip
Ellis John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Halliday Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McEachern Alexander 1882 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a rake of full pit tubs
McMaster D. 1908 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Campbell David 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Fraser Angus 1934 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a rake on the slope
Little Ernest 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Smothered by slack coal in boiler shed chute
MacPherson R. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crushed by coal tubs
McMillan J. W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal and stone
Richardson Joseph 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Harvey 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Emery John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Josey Emanuel 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
MacKay J. 1883 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by flying fragments of broken pinion wheel
MacPherson Gilbert 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Body wound on drum of a hoist
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
O'Brien Nicholas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion

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