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 descending Mine Cause
O'Brien William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Poplar Danny 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Roach or Roche James Sr. 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Ruddick Edward 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sherider Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Spoors Mat 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Tabbot John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Vacheresse Albert 1932 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Wilson David 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by falling roof prop
Alt Herman 1928 Pictou County Albion Struck by wood thrown from circular saw (on the surface)
Baudoux Alfred H. 1949 Pictou County McBean Killed riding a trip on the main slope; was McBean manager
Boram Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Burke Andrew 1917 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by rail car on surface
Campbell Hector 1875 Pictou County Foord pit Run over by loaded wagons
Chisholm James 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Conway Wayne Michael 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Dalling Timothy 1927 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by riding on coal trip which derailed
Dudka Andrew 1950 Pictou County McGregor Struck by a haulage rope
Favier Thomas 1911 Pictou County Acadia Crushed between rib and full box
Francis James 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by cage lever on surface; died 3 days later
Freeman Henry 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Grasesnack C. G. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hamilton William 1950 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Heyne Victor 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
James Laurence Elwyn 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Kayens Felician 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Launey Francis 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lohez Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald F. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
MacKay John 1953 Pictou County McGregor Haulage accident: thrown from trip
MacLean John 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
Mahoney Patrick 1866 Pictou County Dalhousie pit Fall of coal
McCarney unknown 1866 Pictou County Above ground, at Acadia wharf Fell and struck his head
McElvie Hugh 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
McKinnon Rod #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McNeal John Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Morrison Laughlin 1880 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Murdock William 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
O'Brien J. D. 1939 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof
Potts John 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Roberts John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Russell unknown 1858 Pictou County Cage pit Carbon monoxide after methane explosion 1of 2 killed
Short Romeo Andrew 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Stanton James 1892 Pictou County Albion Under engine hit by hoppers and run over
Taylor John 1873 Pictou County Vale Fall with tub in slope
Van Larkin Dominic 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Wilson George 1935 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Fall of coal
Amon W. 1921 Pictou County Acadia No. 1 Buried 4 hours under fall, died at home in evening
Baxter William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Borden Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion

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