OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 686 Combined operations

(1) If surface mining operations and underground coal mining operations with the same owner take place simultaneously and are in such proximity that mining in one may affect the safety of workers in the other, they must be declared a “combined operation” by

(a) the owner,

(b) an employer of the surface mine or an employer of the underground coal mine, or

(c) the Director.

(2) If surface mining operations and underground coal mining operations are declared to be a combined operation, overall control of the mining activities must be coordinated under the direction of a single mine manager, who may be the underground coal mine manager or the manager of the surface mine, without either being relieved of the responsibility for their separate mines.

(3) Nothing in subsection (2) shall be construed to mean that only one mine manager is required under this Code for 2 or more mining operations.