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
McKay Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lewis William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Mitchell James 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Boram Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Burkett "young" 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McKinnon Rod #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Roberts John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Morrison Laughlin 1880 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McKinnon Rod #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Morrison John #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Roberts Jr Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Morrison John #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLaughlin John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Roberts Edward Sr. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLean John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLeise Bertram 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Rogers Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Murdock 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Connolly C. 1880 Pictou County Vale Burned by gas ignited by his open-flame lamp
Sullivan Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ross William D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Conway James D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
McEachern John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Sutherland David 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Dragon John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Lycom Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Nash John 1881 Pictou County Acadia Devastating methane explosion
Cook Robert 1881 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Riding on Engine plane
Blue John 1881 Cumberland Springhill Struck by cage
Bigney Robert 1881 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Rope broke on cage
Nicholson John 1881 Pictou County Vale Caught between moving rake & door
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
Campbell Colin 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McGilvray or MacGillivray Wallace 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
Keigan Angus 1883 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Run over by coal tub
Fletcher William 1883 Cumberland Springhill Killed by fracture of brake bolt
Nicholson John 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
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)
MacKay J. 1883 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by flying fragments of broken pinion wheel
Baillie D. 1883 Pictou County Albion Killed by a runaway rake
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
McEachran or MacEachern James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake

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