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) Year Countysort ascending Mine Cause
Hayman David 1886 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a box of coal
Humblet Victor 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Johnstone Louis 1949 Pictou County McBean Caught by a moving cable in haulage
Laderie Desire 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lilley Stephen Paul 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
MacArthur John F. 1934 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Head crushed between boxes
MacEachern John 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
MacKenzie H. M. 1911 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal at the face
MacLeod Wellington 1921 Pictou County Albion Suffocated by methane under coal fall
Mason Stanley 1927 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
McDonald J. W. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McIsaac Malcolm 1873 Pictou County Foord pit Crushed by coal tubs
McLellan William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Mellise Nicholas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Muir David 1941 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Infection caused by a cut at work
Nelms Hubert 1924 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Penny Thomas 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 4 slope Fall of stone
Redpath George 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Savage Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Smith James 1901 Pictou County Vale Crushed between a box and a rib
Stubbart Alexandr or Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Turner James 1880 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
White Brenton 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
McLeod Thomas 1867 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of stone
Carmichael Charles 1872 Cape Breton County Gowrie Crushed by machinery
Lammond James 1872 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines Colliery (Queen pit) Fall of stone
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
Gillis Stephen 1891 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Fell out of cage coming from work
Hardy Dan 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
McNeil Fred 1898 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal
McDonald John 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of stone at face of room
Horn John 1900 Cape Breton County Reserve Fall of coal whilst drawing pillars; 1 of 2 killed
Elliott Hugh 1902 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of coal at room face
Blue John M. 1903 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Caught under descending cage
McNeil Stephen 1904 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of roof coal
McInnis Duncan 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone from roof
Doucette P. 1906 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 3 Struck by runaway box
McVicar Norman 1907 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of stone
Brown Charles 1907 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of stone
Nicholson D.J. 1908 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 6 Leg crushed between full box and empty trip, died next day
Young Thomas 1908 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Struck by runaway box
Williams Frank 1909 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Killed by runaway box
Bradwell James 1910 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
Farrell Sam 1912 Cape Breton County Scotia Fall of stone; died with another family member
Kohusz Wasye 1911 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Caught between two boxes
Messervey James 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Methane explosion and coal dust; 1 of 8 killed
Clements Freeman 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of coal
Machuniski Michael 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Explosion of Powder
Nicseptote Carmian 1912 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of roof

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