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 descending Year County Mine Cause
LeBlanc Alex 1927 Pictou County Allan Shaft Crushed: 2 runaway boxes hit box he was lifting
Young Alex 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
MacLean Alex 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of coal
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
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Caporallo Alex 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
Nichelson Alex 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria
Steele Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Campbell Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
McIntyre Alex 1929 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by cage
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
Degaust Alex 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Aexter Alex 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Explosion
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
Arseneau Alex 1916 Cumberland Victoria Fall of roof
McSween Alex 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Construction
McCosh Alex 1890 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Poirier Alex 1971 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Natural Causes
Bigney or Bignay Alex 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
McNeil Alex H 1941 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 24 Attempted to get on moving train
MacKenzie Alex J. 1970 Cape Breton County DEVCO No. 26 Struck by a trip on the south angle
McDonald Alex P. 1943 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Crushed between boxes
Munroe Alex W. 1942 Pictou County McGregor Hit by a trip
Campbell Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Jamieson Alexander 1914 Pictou County Albion Killed by cage
Pashkoski or Pasoshki Alexander 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Killed by haulage
McVicar Alexander 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of coal from face
Howie Alexander 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by runaway coal wagon in east deep
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
Eloi Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
McInnis Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Victoria Caught between coal box and pillar
Cameron Alexander 1978 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of stone
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
Campbell Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Fall of loose coal from hung shot
Vance Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Morrison Alexander 1902 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from pillar
Ross Alexander 1872 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Methane explosion
McKinnon Alexander 1895 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 1 Methane explosion; 1 of 2 killed
Cameron Alexander 1888 Pictou County English Slopes (abandoned) Overground as a boiler was being lowered
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Bunton Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Massive gas and coal dust explosioni

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