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)sort ascending Year County Mine Cause
McKinnon Allen 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ferguson Allen 1896 Cape Breton County Caledonia Struck by part of junk while loading
McDonald Allan J. 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Struck on head by upright timber, died 3 days later
McDougall Allan 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 10 Fall of stone
McDonald Allan 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Fall of roof
MacDonald Allan 1937 Pictou County Allan Shaft Buried beneath fall of stone
McDonald Allan 1945 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 18 Fall of stone; 1 of 2 killed
McDonald Allan 1922 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 9 Fall of stone
McDonald Allan 1922 Cumberland No.9 ? (may be Glace Bay) Fall of stone
Baudoux Alfred H. 1949 Pictou County McBean Killed riding a trip on the main slope; was McBean manager
White Alfred A. 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Bump on March 18
Hanuse Alfred 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Leonard Alfred 1900 Cape Breton County International Killed getting in cage at pit bottom
Roberts Alfred 1947 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 26 Fall of roof
Hudson Alfred 1960 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 20 Falling chuck blocks
Coulier Alfred 1945 Pictou County Allan Shaft Hit by a runaway box
Collier Alfred 1923 Cape Breton County Bras d'Or No. 4 Fall of coal from roof in room
Turner Alfred 1921 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Struck by horse; in falling pick stabbed abdomen
Legere Alfred 1958 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Terrific, devastating bump
Stubbart Alexandr or Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Pace Alexander W. 1925 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1B Fall of stone
McDonald Alexander T. 1918 Inverness Inverness Struck by mine-car; died 10 days later
Purvis Alexander Jr. 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Cameron Alexander 1888 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Overground as a boiler was being lowered
Ross Alexander 1911 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Struck by a rake
Jamieson Alexander 1914 Pictou County Albion Killed by cage
Handley Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Cameron Alexander 1906 Pictou County Vale Run over by a hopper in pit yard
MacDougall Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
McEachern Alexander 1882 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a rake of full pit tubs
Vance Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
MacLean Alexander 1980 Cape Breton County Prince Crushed by bucket against wall of shaft
Stewart Alexander 1918 Pictou County Albion (Purvis slope) Coal box fell to the ground
Beaton Alexander 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
Jessoe Alexander 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Hacquoil Alexander 1914 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fatal injuries
Murray Alexander 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Vance Alexander 1931 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Squeezed between two boxes
McVicar Alexander 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of coal from face
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
Vickers Alexander 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed trying to jump on a full trip
Howie Alexander 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by runaway coal wagon in east deep
Fraser Alexander 1875 Pictou County Black Diamond Crushed by moving coal tub against a doorpost
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
Pashkoski or Pasoshki Alexander 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Killed by haulage
McInnis Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Victoria Caught between coal box and pillar
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
McDonald Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal

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