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
Pashkoski or Pasoshki Alexander 1946 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 Killed by haulage
Hill Alexander 1923 Cape Breton County Princess Caught by flywheel in starting haulage engine
Brunt Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Holland Alexander 1929 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
Young Alexander 1893 Cape Breton County Gowrie Fall of roof coal, died 6 days later
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
Howie Alexander 1901 Cape Breton County Caledonia Killed by runaway coal wagon in east deep
Stewart Alexander 1918 Pictou County Albion (Purvis slope) Coal box fell to the ground
Andreggo Alexander 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 14 Struck by runaway box
Walker Alexander 1920 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Fall of coal
McDonald Alexander 1899 Cape Breton County Caledonia Afterdamp from methane explosion; 1 of 11 killed
Campbell Alexander 1891 Cumberland Springhill No. 1 & No. 2 Gas and coal dust explosion
Cameron Alexander 1978 Cape Breton County Lingan Fall of stone
Vickers Alexander 1906 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess) Killed trying to jump on a full trip
McVicar Alexander 1904 Cape Breton County International Fall of coal from face
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
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
Dugas Alex 1917 Cape Breton County Colonial Crushed between box and rib
McGowen Alex 1886 Cape Breton County Sydney Mines (Princess?) Dropped dead at face by heart disease
Young Alex 1949 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Haulage
Campbell Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Electricity-fired coal dust explosion
Borden Alex 1905 Cape Breton County Caledonia Fall of coal from face
Nichelson Alex 1889 Cape Breton County Victoria
Rordenan Alex 1919 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 5 Fall of stone
McGillivray Alex 1871 Pictou County Foord pit Killed in the Foord by gas
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
Caporallo Alex 1936 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 2 Struck by 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
Arseneau Alex 1916 Cumberland Victoria Fall of roof
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
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
MacKinnon Alex 1905 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Bump
Glenn Alex 1895 Pictou County Acadia Fall from roof of working face
McSween Alex 1954 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 4 Construction
MacLean Alex 1937 Pictou County Acadia No. 7 (Moss mine) Fall of coal
Foster Alex 1894 Pictou County Albion Run over by a coal trip
McDonad Alex 1928 Cape Breton County Princess Fall of coal
Graham Alex 1913 Cape Breton County Dominion No. 15 Fall of stone
Bigney or Bignay Alex 1908 or 1909 Cumberland Springhill No. 3 Fall of stone
Liddle Alex 1904 Cumberland Chignecto Caught between box & coal crib, died 9 days later
Spence Alex 1956 Cumberland Springhill No. 4 Draegerman; carbon monoxide post explosion

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