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
Kayens Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lawrence James 1935 Pictou County Albion From injuries received a few months before
Lonergan Michael 1932 Pictou County Albion Fell over a bench of coal
MacDonald J. P. 1907 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by box at bottom of balance
MacKay Michael Frederick 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
MacLean Alex 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
Mailman John 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
McCharles Roderick 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGilchrist or Gilgrist John 1866 Pictou County Foster pit Clothing caught in hoist winding drum
McKinnon Rod #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McNeil Dan 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Morrison John #1 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Murphy John 1929 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Pagella Karal 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Potts Charles 1915 Pictou County Albion Crushed by a trip of coal
Roberts Charles D. 1925 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Carpenter; struck by wood thrown from circular saw
Russell David 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Simpson Robert 1898 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal while drawing pillar
Stentley William 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Taylor Henry 1912 Pictou County Acadia Knocked down by horse and run over by full trip
Vickers Peter Francis 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Winton Robert 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Andrews Archibald 1926 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by metal that fell off ascending cage or chuck falling down shaft
Baxter James 1913 Pictou County Acadia Fall of roof
Borden Joseph 1922 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone and coal
Burney George 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell William 1884 Pictou County Albion Premature explosion of a shot
Clark Samuel 1925 Pictou County Thom or Tom pit Killed by boxes
Copan John 1947 Pictou County Allan Shaft Caught by a haulage cable
Davidson Charles 1894 Pictou County Acadia Squeezed by a box of timber
Dunbar Charles 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ferguson Henry 1930 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by an empty trip
Fraser John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Frye John 1914 Pictou County Albion Riding a coal trip that derailed
Gunn Stanley or David 1906 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Methane exploded when boy lit match while playing near old slope opening; 1 of 2 killed
Hannaham or Hanrahan William 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Higgins James William 1980 Pictou County Thorburn Mining Ltd, Stellarton Fell and struck head, died 4 days later; coal dumps reclamation project
Jennings Stanley 1917 Pictou County Allan Shaft Jammed between a box and a prop
Keddy Wallace 1942 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
Leadbeater John 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Love Ernest 1920 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Struck by a runaway box
MacDonald A. R. 1911 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fell in front of a trip of coal
MacKearney Arthur 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
MacLean Hector 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Manning John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McDonald John #1 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGilderick A. 1871 Pictou County Foord pit Methane explosion
McKinnon Neil 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
McNeil John H. 1935 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Morrison John #2 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion

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