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
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
MacDonald Alexander 1922 Inverness bootleg pit Methane gas poisoning; 1 of 3 killed
Campbell Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal from hung shot
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
McKinnon Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Handley Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Murray Alexander 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
MacDougall Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Gabriel Alexander 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
MacLean Alexander 1980 Cape Breton County Prince Crushed by bucket against wall of shaft
Bond Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal
Beaton Alexander 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
Eloi Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Brunt Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Bunton Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Massive gas and coal dust explosioni
Watts Alexander 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
MacDonald Alexander 1880 Pictou County Foord pit Devastating methane explosion
Munroe Alex W. 1942 Pictou County McGregor Hit by a trip
McDonald Alex P. 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Crushed between boxes
MacKenzie Alex J. 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by a trip on the south angle
McNeil Alex H 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Attempted to get on moving train
Young Alex 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Bigney or Bignay Alex 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
McCosh Alex 1890 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
Dixon Alex 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone
MacLean Alex 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Graham Alex 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
LeBlanc Alex 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed: 2 runaway boxes hit box he was lifting
Jenson or Jamieson Alex 1914 Pictou County Albion Run over by a box
MacLean Alex 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of coal
McLeod Alex 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Run over by trip
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
McGillivray Alex 1871 Pictou County Foord pit Killed in the Foord by gas
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Spence Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
McSween Alex 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Construction
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
Steele Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
McIntyre Alex 1929 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by cage
Caporallo Alex 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Nichelson Alex 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria
Degaust Alex 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Arseneau Alex 1916 Cumberland Victoria Fall of roof

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