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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 14.4. Requirements Applicable to Surface Coal Mines

§ 45.1-161.277. Equipment operation.

A. If truck spotters are used, they shall be well in the clear while trucks are backing into dumping position and dumping. Truck spotters shall use lights at night to direct backing and dumping operations.

B. Dippers, buckets, scraper blades and similar movable parts shall be secured or lowered to the ground when not in use.

C. Equipment which is to be hauled shall be loaded and protected so as to prevent sliding or spillage. When moving between work areas the equipment shall be secured in the travel position.

D. Tow bars shall be used to tow heavy equipment and a safety chain shall be used in conjunction with each tow bar.

E. Dust control measures shall be taken so as to not obstruct visibility of equipment operators.

F. Dippers, buckets, loading booms, or other heavy loads shall not be swung over cabs of haulage equipment until the driver is out of the cab and is in a safe location unless the equipment is designed specifically to protect drivers from falling material.

G. Lights, flares, or other warning devices shall be posted when parked equipment creates a hazard for other vehicles.

1994, c. 28; 2005, c. 3.

The chapters of the acts of assembly referenced in the historical citation at the end of this section may not constitute a comprehensive list of such chapters and may exclude chapters whose provisions have expired.