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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 14.4:1. Mineral Mine Safety Act

§ 45.1-161.292:43. Qualification for crew membership; direction of crews.

A. To qualify for membership in mine rescue crews, an applicant shall (i) be an experienced miner, (ii) be not more than 50 years of age, and (iii) pass a physical examination by a licensed physician, licensed physician assistant, or licensed nurse practitioner at least annually. A record that such examination was taken shall be kept on file by the operator who employs the crew members and a copy shall be furnished to the Director.

B. All rescue or recovery work performed by these crews shall be under the jurisdiction of the Department. The Department shall consult with company officials, representatives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration and representatives of the miners, and all should be in agreement as far as possible on the proper procedure for rescue and recovery; however, the Director in his discretion may take full responsibility in directing such work. In all instances, procedures shall be guided by the mine rescue apparatus and auxiliary equipment manuals.

1997, c. 390; 2004, c. 855; 2006, c. 396.

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