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
MacLeod Robert 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Martin Roderick 1917 Pictou County Albion Suffocated in his draeger machine due to carbonic acid leak
McDonald Daniel J. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McInnis John 1872 Pictou County Acadia Fall of coal
McLeise Bertram 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McPherson Lemuel 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Moss Albert 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Nash John 1881 Pictou County Acadia Devastating methane explosion
Passino Lucien or Lucino 1916 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of coal
Ramsey James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Rodgers William 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Sample Winton 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Small John D. 1900 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Stewart James 1906 Pictou County Albion Struck by a rake
Thompson Melvin 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Webb James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Young Thomas 1870 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Fall of coal
Baker Thomas 1900 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Derailed rake
Benoit Merle 1880 Pictou County Foord pit influx of water; 1 of 6 killed
Bowens John 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Cameron Kenneth 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Campbell Percy 1946 Pictou County Allan Shaft Wash Plant Injured putting up a door bar, died a week later
Colburn William 1910 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal
Crawford Edward 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Debodt Joseph 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Dunn James 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Flemming Hugh R 1923 Pictou County Albion Fall of stone
Fraser John Walter 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Gillies or Gillis James 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
MacKenzie Daniel 1901 Cumberland Joggins No. 3
McNeil Dan H. 1912 Cumberland Scotia Fall of stone; also recorded as a casualty - not dead
Main William 1919 Cumberland St. George Struck by runaway box
White Wilfred 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Burke James J. 1940 Cumberland Victoria Undetermined
Crocker Frederick 1884 Cumberland Springhill Crushed between water box and timber
Bainbridge Ernest 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Carter Reed 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ernest Roger 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Legere Samuel 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKinnon John 1st 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Morris James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Regan Bruce 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Taylor Douglas 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Gualtieri or Gaualtiere Natali 1895 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 slope Fall from roof
Burns Patrick 1902 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Killed by passing rake
Elkin Fred 1906 Cumberland Springhill Killed by trolleys on surface
Graham Jabez 1912 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of coal; 1 of 2 killed
Rooney Ottie or Ronnie 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Stone rolled down fan slope, hit him on head
Reid William S. 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of coal
Nelson William J. 1929 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Caught between boom and car

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