OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 703 Manholes

(1) An employer must ensure that a haulage mine level or tunnel in which workers normally travel has manholes or places of refuge at intervals of not more than 20 metres.

(2) Despite subsection (1), manholes or places of refuge are not required if

(a) the speed of haulage does not exceed 8 kilometres per hour, and

(b) there is clear standing room of at least 1 metre between the side of the equipment and the side of the road.

(3) An employer must ensure that a manhole or place of refuge is

(a) at least 1 metre wide, 1.3 metres deep and 1.8 metres high,

(b) kept clear at all times,

(c) clearly identified as a manhole or place of refuge, and

(d) numbered.