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Code of Virginia
Title 45.1. Mines and Mining
Chapter 14.3. Requirements Applicable to Underground Coal Mines
7/25/2021

Article 15. Surface Areas.

§ 45.1-161.236. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Housekeeping; noxious fumes.

A. Good housekeeping shall be practiced in and around buildings, shafts, slopes, yards and other areas of the mine. Such practices include cleanliness, orderly storage of materials, and the removal of possible sources of injury, such as stumbling hazards, protruding nails, broken glass and possible falling and rolling materials.

B. Painting or operations creating noxious fumes shall be performed only in a well ventilated atmosphere.

C. All surface mine structures, enclosures, and other facilities shall be maintained in good repair.

Code 1950, §§ 45-85.5, 45-85.8; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, §§ 45.1-34, 45.1-37; 1978, c. 729; 1994, c. 28; 2005, c. 3.

§ 45.1-161.237. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Lighting.

A. Lights shall be provided as needed in or on surface structures.

B. Roads, paths and walks outside of structures shall be kept free from obstructions and shall be well illuminated, if used at night.

1966, c. 594, § 45.1-38; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.238. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Flammable or combustible materials.

A. Oil, grease, and similar flammable materials shall be kept in closed containers, separate from other materials so as not to create a fire hazard to nearby buildings or mines. If oil or grease is stored in a building, the building or room in which it is stored shall be of fireproof construction and well ventilated.

B. Oily rags, oily waste and wastepaper shall be kept in closed metal containers until removed for disposal.

C. The area within 100 feet of all mine openings shall be kept free of combustible material; however, this shall not apply to the temporary storage of not more than a one day's supply of such materials.

D. All oxygen and acetylene bottles shall be stored in racks designated and constructed for the storage of such bottles with caps in place and secured when not in use. Any storage place for such materials shall be posted to prohibit smoking.

Code 1950, § 45-85.9; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-39; 1978, c. 729; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.239. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Crane operations.

A crane operator shall at all times during any hazardous crane operation maintain visual or auditory communication with all persons involved in the crane operation.

Code 1950, § 45-85.7; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-36; 1978, c. 729; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.240. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Controlling dust at surface.

A. In surface structures at excessively dusty mines, electric motors, switches, lighting fixtures, and controls shall be protected by dust-tight construction.

B. Surface structures and equipment shall be kept free of coal dust accumulations.

C. Where mining operations raise an excessive amount of dust into the air, water or water with wetting agent added to it or other effective methods shall be used to allay such dust at its sources.

Code 1950, §§ 45-77, 45-85.5; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, §§ 45.1-34, 45.1-67; 1978, cc. 120, 729; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.241. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Scaffolding and overhead protection.

Where repairs are being made to the plant, or where equipment or material is being used or transported overhead, proper scaffolding or proper overhead protection shall be provided.

Code 1950, § 45-85.5; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-34; 1978, c. 729; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.242. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Welding and cutting.

Welding or cutting with arc or flame shall not be done in excessively dusty atmospheres or dusty locations. Fire-fighting apparatus shall be readily available when welding or cutting is performed.

Code 1950, § 45-85.5; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-34; 1978, c. 729; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.243. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Fire prevention and fire control.

The provisions of Article 5 (§ 45.1-161.265 et seq.) of Chapter 14.4 of this title shall apply with respect to requirements for fire-fighting equipment, duties in the event of a fire, and fire precautions at the surface areas of underground coal mines.

Code 1950, § 45-14.1; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-89; 1974, c. 323; 1978, c. 118; 1984, c. 590; 1985, c. 500; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.244. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Surface equipment.

The provisions of Article 6 (§ 45.1-161.268 et seq.) of Chapter 14.4 of this title shall apply with respect to equipment at the surface areas of underground coal mines.

1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.245. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Travel ways, loading and haulage areas.

The provisions of Article 7 (§ 45.1-161.275 et seq.) of Chapter 14.4 of this title shall apply with respect to travel ways, loading, and haulage areas at the surface of underground coal mines.

1994, c. 28; 1996, c. 774.

§ 45.1-161.246. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Electricity.

The provisions of Article 9 (§ 45.1-161.279 et seq.) of Chapter 14.4 of this title shall apply with respect to power lines, circuits, transformers, and other electric equipment at the surface areas of underground coal mines.

1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.247. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Surface blasting.

The provisions of Article 10 (§ 45.1-161.284 et seq.) of Chapter 14.4 of this title shall apply with respect to explosives and blasting at the surface areas of underground coal mines.

1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.248. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Ground control.

The provisions of Article 11 (§ 45.1-161.287) of Chapter 14.4 of this title shall apply with respect to the pits, highwalls, benches, banks, and walls associated with any coal mining activities conducted at the surface areas of underground coal mines.

1994, c. 28.