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
Flemming James E. 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone
Fraser Archie 1890 Pictou County Vale Run over in a back balance
Gillis Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hale Samuel 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Hawes John 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Howatt Timothy 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Johnson Peter 1957 Pictou County McBean Fall of coal
Kingou James 1873 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
Leshambre Pierre 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Lyall Matthew 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
MacDonald or Greenwood William A. 1933 Pictou County Milford Fall of stone
MacKenzie Frank 1909 Pictou County Albion Killed on balance by runaway box
MacLeod James 1903 Pictou County Acadia Died 15 February
Martin George 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McDonald Colin 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McInnis John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McLellan James 1884 Pictou County Albion Struck by a rake
McRae Duncan 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Muir Robert 1921 Pictou County Drummond No. 5 (Intercolonial No. 5) Fall of stone
Nearing Joseph 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Pembroke Michael 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Rector Ruben 1932 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Rogers Thomas 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Sampler Samuel Jr. 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Smillie Thomas 1941 Pictou County Allan Shaft Struck by a haulage rope
Stewart Alexander 1918 Pictou County Albion (Purvis slope) Coal box fell to the ground
Tomshaniski Samuel 1934 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of stone or coal from the roof
Wheatley Leonard 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Zomoskie Peter 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Jowett or Gowett John Ernest 1920 Cumberland Victoria cause not recorded
White William 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Tipping Royal Preston 1940 Cumberland Victoria No. 4 (Bright Light Mine) Injuries from collision of empty boxes
Scully or Soully John 1885 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Run over by cage
Bentcliffe John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carter Clarence 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fife Hiram 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Letcher Frank 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKinnon Laughlin 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Morrison Thomas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Reid Peter 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Turner William H. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Milburn William 1895 or 1896 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Thrown from cage
DeGrace James 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Cause not recorded
Davis Ben 1906 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Being buried by coal
McKenzie Hector 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Thibideau or Thibodeau Godfrey 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Jammed between props
Harroun or Ronan John 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 7 Coupling cars, killed by moving cars
Burton John Edward 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 6 Injured by trip
Tabor Fred E. 1938 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Newman George 1944 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Struck by boom moved by coal scoop

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