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
Hanuse Alfred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Hoegg Hugh Brown 1941 Pictou County Albion Fall of coal from roof
Jenson or Jamieson Alex 1914 Pictou County Albion Run over by a box
Keith Fred 1919 Pictou County Allan Shaft Overcome by gas, likely methane
LeBlanc Alex 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed: 2 runaway boxes hit box he was lifting
Lowe William 1839 Pictou County Storr pit Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
MacDonald James D. 1912 Pictou County Allan Shaft Fall of top coal at face of bord
MacKenzie Daniel 1861 Pictou County Bye pit Methane explosion
MacLean John 1902 Pictou County Albion Jammed between rail cars on surface
Manning Harold 1916 Pictou County Milford Thrown off trip that derailed and ran over him
McDonald John #2 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McGillivray Hugh 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
McLaughlin John 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
McNulty C. 1902 Pictou County Vale Powder explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Morrison James 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Murray Ivor 1951 Pictou County McBean Fall of stone
Paris Norman 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Roberts Edward Sr. 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Ryan Thomas 1885 Pictou County Vale Devastating methane explosion
Skidmore Kenneth 1942 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of stone
Stewart D. McFarlane 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Taylor George 1914 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Boiler explosion in surface plant; 1 of 7 killed
Walsh John D. 1924 Pictou County Allan Shaft Carbon monoxide suffocation after explosion; 1 of 4 killed
Works Howard 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Shuparski Tony 1938 Pictou County McGregor dropped dead
Arthrell Edward 1952 Pictou County McGregor Methane explosion (localized); 1 of 19 killed
Beaton Alexander 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
Bortniak Egnate 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed
MacDougald Frank 1890 Cumberland Victoria; or Cape Breton County
Hardcastle Edward 1911 Cumberland Great Northern Fall of stone
Martin John 1918 Cumberland Jubilee No.2, River Hebert Runaway mine car
Fowler Simon J. 1930 Cumberland Victoria No. 2 Gas explosion; 1 of 7 killed
Murray Ezra G. 1932 Cumberland Maple Leaf No. 4 Dust and gas explosion; 1 of 5 killed
Stevens Hugh "Dulie" Arthur 1978 Cumberland River Hebert Coal Mine, formerly Cochran Accident, blasting incident; died 29 days later
Blue John 1881 Cumberland Springhill Struck by cage
Richmond John A. 1887 Cumberland Springhill Surface Cause not recorded
Carnichael John 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Dillon Frederick 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hyde William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
McKee William 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Miller James Sr. 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Overs James 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Smith Edward 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Hopkins George 1892 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Fall of coal from working face
Furlong Frank 1901 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Scalded with steam
Scott John W. 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Killed by trip on turnout
Gilroy Joseph 1911 Cumberland Springhill Jammed by cars
Stevenson William 1917 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Struck by prop, died 3 days later
Davidonkow Pichon 1923 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump caused fall of stone in room/bord

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