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
Savage Edward 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Smith James 1901 Pictou County Vale Crushed between a box and a rib
Stubbart Alexandr or Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Turner James 1880 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
White Brenton 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Barclay Thomas 1932 Pictou County Acadia No. 3 (Six-Foot) Fall of coal
Betts William 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Brown James 1914 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide after devastating explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Cameron William Archibald 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Caught by revolving wheel on main driving shaft of screen engine under bankhouse
Carroll Frank 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft
Connell Frank 1914 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Cummings John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Dollimont Adonis Joseph 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
Elliott John T 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Foley Martin 1874 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Crash of a runaway rake
Fraser Preston 1913 Pictou County Vale Fall of coal
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
Haley or Hanley Angus 1887 Pictou County Vale Run over by boxes on main slope
Hayman Arthur 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fell down the shaft 462 feet
Hyde William 1887 Pictou County Vale Caught beneath a roof fall while timbering; 1 of 2 killed
Johnstone or Johnston Neil 1892 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Run over by coal hopper
Laderie Sylvia 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lindsay Charles 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
MacCallum Edward 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
MacEachern James 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
MacKenzie Lawrence 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
MacMaster John 1925 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from roof of a pillar; 1 of 2 killed
Matheson George 1938 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by a railway car on surface
McDonald J. R. 1877 Pictou County Foord pit Fall of roof
McIsaac Eric Earl 1992 Pictou County Westray Devastating methane and coal dust explosion
McLeod Oliver 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Merrit Edward 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Muirhead William B. 1912 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Runaway empty box on Drummond #1 slope; 1 of 2 killed
Newcomb William 1911 Pictou County Allan Shaft Killed by a fall of timber
Pero E. 1894 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Locomotive started on its own, ran over him
Reeves James 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Ross William D. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Savage John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Smith Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Sullivan Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Urquhart Elwood 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal from face
Whitty Stephen 1941 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a trip of coal
Bartholemew or Bartholomew Louis 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Bigney Edward 1910 Pictou County Acadia Run over by a box of coal
Brown Leo 1919 Pictou County Albion Struck by a cage in a balance
Cameron John W. 1946 Pictou County Albion Struck by coal trip on main slope
Cassey Thomas 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Connolly C. 1880 Pictou County Vale Burned by gas ignited by his open-flame lamp
Cunningham Robert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Downs William B. 1910 Pictou County Albion Scalded or burned, causes unknown; a machinist making repairs

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