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
Fraser James W. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Crawford John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Haddon Henry 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Turner James 1880 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McElvie Hugh 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Carr John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Cummings Daniel 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lycom Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Ryan John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Cummings John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Nearing Joseph 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald Alexander 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McInnis John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald Ronald 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McInnis Peter 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Benoit Merle 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Burkett "young" 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Savage Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McKay Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McKay Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacLean Hector 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Mitchell James 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane
Nash John 1881 Pictou County Acadia Devastating methane explosion
Blue John 1881 Cumberland Springhill Struck by cage
Nicholson John 1881 Pictou County Vale Caught between moving rake & door
Bigney Robert 1881 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Rope broke on cage
Shanahan James 1882 Cape Breton County Little Glace Bay Fall of stone from roof
McEachern Alexander 1882 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a rake of full pit tubs
Gillies or Gillis James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Flinn or Flynn Garnett 1883 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Keigan Angus 1883 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by coal tub
Baillie D. 1883 Pictou County Albion Killed by a runaway rake
MacKay J. 1883 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by flying fragments of broken pinion wheel
Campbell Colin 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McEachran or MacEachern James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Burke Charles 1883 Cumberland Joggins Fall of coal
Lockhart Dan 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Killed by cage going off track
McGilvray or MacGillivray Wallace 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Hudson or Hodgeson John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Burrows John 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Patton William 1883 Cumberland Chignecto Suffocated by carbonic acid (1 of 3 killed)
Nicholson John 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt

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