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
Vaast August 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Wilkes F. 1905 Pictou County Marsh Powder explosion
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
Graham Daniel 1925 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Halloran John Philip 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Heighton Dan 1927 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
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
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

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