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
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
McCosh Alex 1890 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of stone from roof
McLeod Alex 1933 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 12 Run over by trip
Dixon Alex 1943 Inverness Inverness No. 1 Fall of stone
Spence Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion
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
Young Alex 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Degaust Alex 1915 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 7 Fall of stone
Aexter Alex 1911 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines No. 3 (Florence) Explosion
Campbell Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Graham Alex 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
Arseneau Alex 1916 Cumberland Victoria Fall of roof
Steele Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Florence Fall of stone
Caporallo Alex 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by trip
McIntyre Alex 1929 Cape Breton County Princess Struck by cage
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
MacLean Alex 1867 Pictou County unidentified shaft being sunk or Cage pit Methane explosion
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
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
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
McEachern Alexander 1882 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Killed by a rake of full pit tubs
Handley Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
MacDougall Alexander 1964 Cape Breton County Princess Haulage
Vance Alexander 1931 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Squeezed between two boxes
MacLean Alexander 1980 Cape Breton County Prince Crushed by bucket against wall of shaft
Pashkoski or Pasoshki Alexander 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Killed by haulage
Beaton Alexander 1935 Pictou County Allan Shaft Shot blew back exploding methane and coal dust; 1 of 7 killed; asphixiation by carbon monoxide
Brunt Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Watts Alexander 1878 Inverness Port Hood Explosion of steam boiler; 1 of 2 killed
Murray Alexander 1873 Pictou County Drummond mine (Intercolonial) Devastating methane explosion
Ryan Alexander 1873 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of coal
Gabriel Alexander 1918 Cumberland Springhill No. 2 Fall of stone
Jessoe Alexander 1934 Cape Breton County Colonial No. 1 Fall of stone
Fraser Alexander 1875 Pictou County Black Diamond Crushed by moving coal tub against a doorpost
Campbell Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Fraser Alexander 1883 Pictou County Vale Drawbar broke, crash of runaway slope rake
Bond Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Sydney No. 3 (Florence) Fall of coal
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Hill Alexander 1923 Cape Breton County Princess Caught by flywheel in starting haulage engine
Smith Alexander 1918 Pictou County Allan Shaft Devastating methane explosion
Holland Alexander 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal

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