OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 36 Mining

Section 687 Working alone

Subsection 687(1)

Most production jobs in an underground coal mine are extremely dangerous. This subsection is intended to ensure that workers in such hazardous occupations do not work alone. This subsection specifically notes the activities that may be performed by a worker working alone at a working face. Workers performing the noted must be covered by the employer’s working alone procedure.

Subsection 687(2)

The employer is responsible for ensuring that no worker works alone while producing coal at a working face. This limitation recognizes the extreme hazards associated with a dynamic coal mining face environment. The presence of two workers increases individual safety by having extra immediate help available in case of an emergency.