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
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Smith Angus 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Sr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Andrews William 1873 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of coal
McNeal David 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ruddick Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Jr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Downie John 1873 Cape Breton County International Run over by train
McNeal John Jr. 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
McLean Joseph 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
Hale Samuel 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dunn John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Manning John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Neville john 1873 Cape Breton County International Crushed by train
Dunn Philip 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Murray Alexander 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ryan Alexander 1873 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Elliott John T 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McPherson James Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Elliott William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ramsey James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ellis John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Lyall Matthew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McRae Duncan 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
McRichey John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Emery John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Dalling James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Chisholm Colin C. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Stewart D. McFarlane 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McIsaac Malcolm 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Crushed by coal tubs
Stewart William 1874 Pictou County Black Diamond Fall of coal
Jackson W. C. 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Foley Martin 1874 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crash of a runaway rake
Cameron Michael 1874 Cape Breton County Victoria
Potts John 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Cummings Hector 1874 Pictou County Vale Crash of runaway rake on main slope
Lockhart Charles 1874 Cumberland Scotia (Northern) Fall of coal
Campbell Hector 1875 Pictou County Foord pit Run over by loaded wagons
Fraser Alexander 1875 Pictou County Black Diamond Crushed by moving coal tub against a doorpost
Townsend Leonard 1876 Cumberland Spring Hill Colliery Mine Crushed by drum, fall of a gin
McNeil Henry 1876 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 cause not recorded
Fosse Jean Baptiste 1876 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Livingstone Joseph 1876 Cape Breton County Victoria Fall of coal
Ferguson David 1877 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Run over by counter balance

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