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
MacInnis Hugh 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
MacKenzie Hugh 1918 Pictou County Albion Crushed by cars
MacMillan Daniel L 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Mazur John 1931 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of Coal
McEachern John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McKay Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLeod William 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Mintis William 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Muller William 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of pillar
Nicholson John 1881 Pictou County Vale Caught between moving rake & door
Perris or Paris A. 1905 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell when staging broke in shaft as they were sinking it
Reid Robert 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of earth on surface; working on rail line
Ross Alexander 1911 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a rake
Scott Joseph 1923 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Smith Howard 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
Sullivan Peter 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Vaast Lucien (boy) 1916 Pictou County Thom or Tom pit Gas explosion at mouth of abandoned slope; boy was chasing a ball
Wilkes John 1902 Pictou County Marsh Dynamite explosion in office; frozen sticks put near heat to thaw; 1 of 3 killed
Bartholemew or Bartholomew Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Blackwood Thomas 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Brown Murdock 1934 Pictou County Drummond (Intercolonial) No. 2 Scott slope Struck on head when taking coal to chute
Campbell John 1868 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Cassidy Francis 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by a coal trip
Conway James D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Cyr William 1920 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Run over by an empty box
Doyle Edward 1935 Pictou County Albion Fall of rock
Ellis John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Forbes Andrew 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
Fraser John E. 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Gossens Octav 1920 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Halliday Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hayman Archibald 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Isnor Hubert 1921 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Jordan Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Laite James 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from face
Lipton Dave 1954 Pictou County Allan Shaft watchman, died suddenly at work
MacDonald Daniel 1873 Pictou County Vale Crushed by coal tubs
MacInnis or MacInnes John Henry 1940 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of roof coal, died 4 days later
MacKenzie Kenneth 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacNeil Angus Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McAulay Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McEachern Alexander 1882 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a rake of full pit tubs
McKay Angus 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McMaster D. 1908 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Mirtan William 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Powder explosion
Munro Charles 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed by full box of coal
Nicholson John 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Pettipas Fred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal
Reid William 1929 Pictou County McGregor Struck on head by falling jackhammer; died 5 weeks later
Roy John H. 1904 Pictou County Albion Killed instantly in a fall

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