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
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
Munroe George 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
O'Brien Nicholas 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Poloski Wentzell 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Roach William 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
Roy Benjamin 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by piece of coal, died 3 days after
Shaw Donald 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Spellman James 1912 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Runaway empty box on Drummond #1 slope; 1 of 2 killed
Sutherland Walter 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Vaast Louis 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wilsack John 1949 Pictou County McGregor Fall of coal
Bates John Thomas 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Boates James 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Buenivego or Buenivege Antoine 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Harvey 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cassidy Charles 1941 Pictou County Albion Driver, injured on his job, died after; "died of shock"
Conway David 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Run over by a shunting engine on surface
Dakens James A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Dragon John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Emery John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
Fraser Donald A. 1962 Pictou County McBean Struck by a falling steel boom
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
MacRae John Duncan 1930 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of Stone
McCallum Harry Alliston 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McElvie John Jr 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McKenzie Frederick A. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McNeal David 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Morgan Delbert 1951 Pictou County McGregor Killed by fall of coal or stone from rib
Munsie William 1943 Pictou County McGregor Crushed between a box and a steel boom
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

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