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) Yearsort descending County Mine Cause
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Carmichael Charles 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Crushed by machinery
MacIver Norman 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal
McLean Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Run over by wagon
Winter Edward 1872 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of roof coal; possibly in Cumberland County
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Leadbeater John 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Winter Edward 1872 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County Fall of coal
MacDougall Anthony 1872 Cape Breton County Lorway Crushed by cage
Lammond James 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
McCormack Angus 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
McInnis John 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Sumners William 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fell down shaft
Walton John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Stewart George 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Webb James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Harvey 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Manning John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Richardson Joseph 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
O'Brien Nicholas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunbar Robert 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Fraser John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Lyall Matthew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Howatt Timothy 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Kingou James 1873 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
McCharles Roderick 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Guy Abraham 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald John #1 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald John #2 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Bowens John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hale Samuel 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Halliday Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Taylor John 1873 Pictou County Vale Fall with tub in slope
MacDonald Daniel 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn Philip 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Daniel J. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Colin 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Elliott John T 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sinclair John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
MacKinnon Donald 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of coal
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train

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