OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 710 Removal of ground supports

(1) A worker must not remove a ground support without the permission of a mine official.

(2) If work requires the removal of ground supports prescribed by this Code, the underground coal mine manager must ensure that there are temporary supports in place.

(3) Despite subsection (2), other supports must not be used to protect workers from falling ground if

(a) supports are withdrawn from the gob, or

(b) supports are withdrawn under a roof that appears to the mine official to be insecure.

(4) A professional engineer must certify the means to be used to protect workers from falling ground if

(a) supports are withdrawn from the gob, or

(b) supports are withdrawn under a roof that appears to the mine official to be insecure.