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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 9. Illumination.

§ 45.1-161.171. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Portable illumination.

A. All miners underground shall use only permissible electric cap lamps that are worn on the person for portable illumination.

B. Light bulbs on extension cables shall be guarded adequately.

C. The requirement of subsection A shall not preclude the use of other type of permissible electric lamps, permissible flashlights, permissible safety lamps, or any other permissible portable illumination device.

Code 1950, § 45-33; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, §§ 45.1-20, 45.1-96; 1978, c. 120; 1982, c. 385; 1994, c. 28.

§ 45.1-161.172. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Underground illumination.

A. Electric-light wires shall be supported by suitable insulators or installed in conduit, fastened securely to the power conductors and shall not contact combustible materials.

B. Electric lights shall be guarded and installed so that they do not contact combustible materials.

Code 1950, § 45-82.6; 1954, c. 191; 1966, c. 594, § 45.1-86; 1994, c. 28; 2005, c. 3.

§ 45.1-161.173. (Repealed effective October 1, 2021) Inspection of electric illumination equipment.

All lamps, extension lights and permissible portable illumination such as cap lamps and flashlights that are used for personal illumination underground shall be inspected by an authorized person at least once per week, and more often if necessary, to ensure safe operating conditions. Such equipment located at the surface shall be inspected by an authorized person at least once per month, and more often if necessary, to ensure safe operating conditions. Any defect found shall be corrected.

1966, c. 594, § 45.1-85; 1978, c. 118; 1993, c. 442; 1994, c. 28; 1999, c. 256.