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
Jackson W. C. 1874 Pictou County Foord pit Rope broke on bucket going down pump shaft
Jose Henry 1865 Pictou County Either Bye, Cage, Dalhousie pit Fall down shaft
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Power House Collided with turbine in power house
Little Ernest 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Smothered by slack coal in boiler shed chute
MacDonald Alexander 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacIntosh William 1899 Pictou County Six-Foot Seam (became Acadia No.3) Caught, crushed by revolving drum on hoist
MacKenzie Rod J. 1948 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Killed in haulage
MacPherson R. 1869 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crushed by coal tubs
McAulay John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McEachran or MacEachern James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McKay Donald 1898 Pictou County Albion Fall from roof of working face
McMillan J. W. 1901 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal and stone
Mitchell James 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Munroe Alex W. 1942 Pictou County McGregor Hit by a trip
Nicholson Bain 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Pickerton Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Richardson Joseph 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Roy Thomas 1912 Pictou County Acadia Runaway box on the jib
Sedlak Valent 1960 Pictou County McBean Conflict with underground haulage
Smith Thomas B. 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Died in pit from natural causes
Sutherland J. W. 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Vaast Floriand 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Williamson Samuel 1899 Pictou County Albion Chainrunner, struck in neck by snapped chain
Bastin or Baston Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Blarion Leon 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal off face
Bryne George 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed between rail cars on surface
Campbell David 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Cassidy Andrew 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Conway Isaac 1914 Pictou County Albion Fall of top coal
Cyr Joseph 1937 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of coal
Doyle Robert Steven 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Eloi Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Fosse Jean Baptiste 1876 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Fraser Angus 1934 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a rake on the slope
Grant John 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Hamilton Samuel 1868 Pictou County Acadia Methane explosion
Hendricken William 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
Jackson Aubrey 1920 Pictou County Albion Run over by an empty box
Josey Emanuel 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Lamb Herbert 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Collided with turbine in power house
Livingstone John 1904 Pictou County Marsh Jammed between a box and the roof
MacDonald Ronald 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
MacKay J. 1883 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Hit by flying fragments of broken pinion wheel
MacKenzie John 1963 Pictou County McBean Labourer, killed underground
MacPherson Gilbert 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Body wound on drum of a hoist
McBeth or MacBeath Phillip 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
McElvie John Sr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McKay Charles 1913 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a riding rake
McNaughton John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Moore Arthur 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down shaft with a full box of coal

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