OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 541 Mine walls

(1) An employer must establish and put in place specifications and procedures, certified by a professional engineer, for the safe control of mine walls, including the overall slope of walls.

(2) An employer must ensure that

(a) undermining is not carried out in unconsolidated or blasted mine material,

(b) the working face is less than 1.5 metres above the maximum height that the excavation equipment can reach,

(c) unconsolidated mine material lying within 2 metres of the crest of a working face is removed,

(d) unconsolidated mine material lying more than 2 metres from the crest of a working face is stabilized so that it does not create a hazard to workers working near the working face, and

(e) safety berms are constructed and maintained so that accumulations of loose rock or other mine material do not create a hazard to workers on working benches.