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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Surnamesort descending Given Name(s) Year County Mine Cause
Pearson Thomas Edgar 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Leg broken by trip, died 5 days later in hospital
Peddle Arthur 1946 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Pembroke James 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by rake
Pembroke Michael 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Pendergrast John 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of stone
Pendergrast Donald 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 4 (Scotia) Struck by runaway box down main slope; 1 of 3 killed
Penill Arthur 1913 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down main shaft
Penny Reuben 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Methane and blasting powder explosion
Penny Charles J. 1927 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Penny William 1928 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Penny Thomas 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 4 slope Fall of stone
Pepperdine Burrell 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Peretta Silvio 1937 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of coal
Perfect Joseph 1924 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Killed by moving railway cars
Perhiniak John 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Haulage
Pero E. 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Locomotive started on its own, ran over him
Perrin Robert 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Perris or Paris A. 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell when staging broke in shaft as they were sinking it
Perry Moses 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Peters William 1918 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 11 Killed by main drive-chain on bank, on surface
Petrie James 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
Pettigrew Charles 1924 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Pettipas Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal
Phalen Louis 1942 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 16 Struck by trip; 1 of 2 killed
Phalen Edward 1928 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
Philpot Nicholas 1907 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 and No. 9 Surface plant Boiler explosion; 1 of 3 or 4 killed
Pickerton Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Pietzrak or Pietchieck Carl 1917 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Rescue work after explosion
Piggot Richard 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of coal
Pike Jabez 1894 Cumberland Joggins Run over by full rake
Piquinot James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Pitt Joseph 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Pittman John 1955 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Haulage
Podenski Steve 1958 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Haulage
Pohoronz Wasyl 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal
Poirier Joseph 1941 Inverness Inverness Crushed between machine amd chock pack
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of roof
Pomyea Daragha 1914 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Fall of roof
Poplar Danny 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Pordorski or Prodorski Peter 1938 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck by trip
Porteous James 1916 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Killed between box and pillar
Porter Elia 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of stone from roof
Porter Thomas D. 1945 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by rake
Porter James 1914 Cumberland Black Diamond Thawing Samsonite (possibly a powder brand)
Porter Sterling 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Porter Archy 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between box and rib
Porter Melburn Parker 1944 Cumberland Standard (Sweetcake) or Strathcona No.2 Fall of stone
Potts John 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft

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