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 1875 Pictou County Black Diamond Crushed by moving coal tub against a doorpost
McDonald Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Hill Alexander 1923 Cape Breton County Princess Caught by flywheel in starting haulage engine
Holland Alexander 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Jamieson Alexander 1914 Pictou County Albion Killed by cage
Stewart Alexander 1918 Pictou County Albion (Purvis slope) Coal box fell to the ground
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Campbell Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
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
Cameron Alexander 1978 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of stone
McKinnon Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Eloi Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Vance Alexander 1931 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Squeezed between two boxes
Pashkoski or Pasoshki Alexander 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Killed by haulage
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
Vance Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Ryan Alexander 1873 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
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
McCosh Alex 1890 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
Degaust Alex 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Caporallo Alex 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
Aexter Alex 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Explosion
Spence Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
McGillivray Alex 1871 Pictou County Foord pit Killed in the Foord by gas
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
McSween Alex 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Construction
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
McLeod Alex 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Run over by trip
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
Graham Alex 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Arseneau Alex 1916 Cumberland Victoria Fall of roof
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Campbell Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
Bigney or Bignay Alex 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
MacLean Alex 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Young Alex 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Dixon Alex 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone
Jenson or Jamieson Alex 1914 Pictou County Albion Run over by a box
LeBlanc Alex 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed: 2 runaway boxes hit box he was lifting
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
MacLean Alex 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of coal
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease

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