set sprags under the coal when necessary for safety while undermining at distances not exceeding seven feet apart, and he shall not allow the improper drawing of pillars.

SEC. 313. In mines where fire damp is generated when the fur- Furnace fres. nace fire has been put out, it shall not be relighted, except in his presence or that of his assistant acting under his instructions.

SEC. 314. In case of accidents to a ventilating fan or its machin- Accident ery, or to the fan itself, whereby the ventilation of the mine would ventilating fan. be seriously interrupted, it shall be his duty to order men to immediately withdraw from the mine and not allow their return to their work until the ventilation has been restored and the mine has been thoroughly examined by him or his assistant and reported to be safe.

SEC. 315. He shall see that all dangerous places are properly Dangerous fenced off and proper danger signal boards so hung on such fenc- places. ing that they may be plainly seen; he shall also travel all air roads and examine all the accessible openings to old workings as often as is necessary to insure their safety.

SEC. 316. He shall provide a book or sheet to be put in some Order book convenient place, or places, upon which shall be made a place for for timbers. the numbers used by the miners, with space sufficient to each number so that the miners can write plainly the quantity of props, their approximate length aud the number of caps and other timbers which they require, together with the date of the order. Said book or sheets shall be preserved for thirty days from their date. SEC. 317. He [the fire boss) shall enter the mine before the men Duties of fire

boss. have entered it, and before proceeding to examine the same he shall see that the air current is traveling in its proper course, and if all seems right, he shall proceed to examine the workings.

Sec. 318. He shall not allow any person, except those duly au- Unauthorized thorized, to enter or remain in any part of the mine through which persons a dangerous accumulation of gas is being passed in the ventilating current from any other part of the mine.

SEC. 319. He shall frequently examine the edge and accessible Inspections. parts of new falls and old gobs and air courses, and he shall report at once any violation of this act to the mine foreman.

SEC. 320. He [the miner) shall examine his working place before Duties of beginning work and take down all dangerous slate, or otherwise miner. make it safe by properly timbering the same before commencing to dig or load coal, and in mines where fire bosses are employed, he shall examine his place to see whether the fire boss has left the proper marks indicating his examination thereof, and he shall at all times be very careful to keep his working place in a safe condition during working hours.

Sec. 321. Should he at any time find his place becoming danger- To cease work, ous, either from gas or roof, or from any unusual condition which

when. may have arisen, he shall at once cease working, and inform the mine foreman or his assistant of such danger, and before leaving such place he shall place some plain warning at the entrance thereto to warn others from entering into the danger.

Sec. 322. It shall be the duty of every miner to mine his coal Care in minproperly and to set sprags under the coal while undermining to ing. secure it from falling, and, after each blast, he shall exercise great care in examining the roof and coal, and shall secure them safely before beginning work.

SEC. 323. When places are liable to generate sudden volumes of Firing shots. fire damp, or where locked safety lamps are used, no miner shall be allowed to fire shots except under the supervision and with the consent of the mine foreman, or his assistant, or other competent person designated by the mine foreman for that purpose.

Sec. 324. When a driver has occasion to leave his trip he must Duties of be careful to see that it is left, when possible, in a safe place,

driver. secure from cars or other danger, or from endangering drivers of trips following:

Sec. 325. The driver must take great care while taking his trips Brakes. down grades to have the brakes or sprags so adjusted that he can


keep the cars under control and prevent them from running onto

himself or others. Obstructing SEC. 326. He shall not leave any cars standing where they may ventilation.

materially obstruct the ventilating current, except in case of acci

dent to the trip. Duties of SEC. 327. He [the trip rider) shall exercise great care in see trip rider,

ing that all hitchings are safe for use and see that all the trip is coupled before starting, and should he at any time see any mate rial defect in the rope, link or chain, he shall immediately remedy such defect, or, if unable to do so, he shall detain the trip and

report the matter to the mine foreman. Duties of en. SEC. 328. It shall be the duty of the engineer to keep a careful gineer.

watch over his engine and all machinery under his charge, and see that the boilers are properly supplied with water, cleaned and inspected at proper intervals, and that the steam pressure does

not exceed at any time the limit allowed by the superintendent. Signals. SEC. 329. He shall make himself acquainted with the signal

codes provided for in this act. Who may not Sec. 330. He shall not allow any unauthorized person to enter run engine.

the engine house, neither shall he allow any person to handle or

run the engine, without the permission of the superintendent. Engine to be SEC. 331. When workmen are being raised or lowered he shall under control. take special precautions to keep the engine well under control.

Locomotive Sec. 332. The locomotive engineer must keep a sharp lookout engineer.

ahead of his engine and sound the whistle or alarm bell frequently when coming near the partings or landings; he must not exceed the speed allowed by the mine foreman or superintendent. He must not allow any person, except his attendants, to ride on the

engine or on the full cars. Duties of fire- SEC. 333. Every fireman and other person in charge of a boiler

or boilers for the generation of steam shall keep careful watch of the same; he shall see that the steam pressure does not at any time exceed the limit allowed by the superintendent; he shall frequently try the safety valve and shall not increase the weight on the same; he shall maintain a proper depth of water in each boiler, and if anything should happen to prevent this, he shall report the same without delay to the superintendent, or other person designated by the superintendent, and take such other action as may, under the particular circumstances, be necessary for the

protection of life and preservation of property. Duties of fan Sec. 334. The engineer in charge of any ventilating fan must engineer.

keep it running at such speed as the mine foreman directs in writing. In case of accident to the boiler or fan machinery, not requiring the immediate withdrawal of the men from the mine by reason of serious interruption of the ventilation, he shall invariably notify the mine foreman. If ordinary repairs of the fan or machinery becomes necessary, he must give timely notice to the mine foreman and await his instructions before stopping it. He shall also examine at the beginning of each shift all the fan bearings, stays and other parts, and see that they are kept in proper working order. Should it become impossible to run the fan or necessary to stop it to prevent destruction, he shall then at once stop it and notify the mine foreman immediately and give imme

diate warning to persons in the mine. Duties of fur- Sec. 335. The furnace man must attend to his duties with regu

larity, and in case he should be likely to be off work for any reason

whatever, he must give timely notice to the mine foreman. Keeping fire. Sec. 336. The furnace man must at all times keep a clear, brisk

fire, and the fire must not be smothered with coal or slack during working hours, nor shall he allow ashes to accumulate excessively on or under the bars, or in the approaches to the furnace, and

ashes shall be cooled before being removed. Obeying SEC. 337. The furnace man must promptly obey the instructions structions.

of the mine foreman. Duties of SEC. 338. The hookers-on at the bottom of any slope shall be very hookers-on.

careful to see that the cars are properly coupled to a rope or chain,

nace man.



and that the safety catch or other device is properly attached to the cars before giving the signal to the engineer.

Sec. 339. The cager at the bottom of any shaft shall not attempt Duties of to withdraw the car until the cage comes to rest, and when put- cager. ting the full car on the cage, he must be very careful to see that the springs or catches are properly adjusted so as to keep the car in its proper place before giving the signal to the engineer.

Sec. 340. At every shaft or slope mine in which provision is Headman and made in this act for lowering and hoisting persons, a headman and footman. footman shall be designated by the superintendent or mine foreman, who shall be at their proper places from the time that persons begin to descend until all the persons who may be at the bottom of said shaft or slope, when quitting work, shall be hoisted ; such headman and footman shall personally attend to the signals, and see that the provisions of this act in respect to lowering or hoisting persons in shafts or slopes shall be complied with.

SEC, 341. He (they ) shall not allow any tools to be placed on the Tools not to same cage with men or boys, nor on either cage when persons are be put on cage,

when. being hoisted out of the mine or being lowered into the mine, except when for the purpose of repairing the shaft or machinery therein. The men shall place their tools in cars provided for that purpose, which car, or cars, shall be hoisted or lowered before and after the men shall have been hoisted or lowered. And he (they) shall immediately inform the mine foreman of any violation of this rule.

SEC. 312. He [the footman) shall also see that no driver, or Ascent of other person, ascends the shaft with any horse or mule, unless the borse or mule. said horse or mule is secured in a suitable box, or safely penned, and only the driver in charge of said horse or mule shall accompany it in any case.

SEC. 343. The topman of any slope, or incline plane, shall be Duties of topvery careful to close the safety block, or other device, as soon as the cars have reached the landing, so as to prevent any loose or runaway cars from descending the slope, or incline plane, and in no case shall such safety block, or other device, be withdrawn until the cars are coupled to the rope or chain, and the proper signal given. He shall carefully inspect, daily, all the machinery in and about the check house and the rope used for lowering the coal, and promptly report any defect discovered to the superintendent, and shall use great care in attaching securely the wagons or cars to the rope and carefully lower the same down the incline. He shall ring the alarm bell in case of accident, and when necessary, immediately set free to act the drop logs or safety switch.

SEC. 344. The topman of any shaft shall see that the springs Springs or keeps for the cage to rest upon are kept in good working order, keeps. and when taking the full car off, he must be careful that no coal or other material is allowed to fall down the shaft. Sec. 345. He shall be at his proper place from the time that

Topman to persons begin to descend until all the persons who may be at the be on duty, bottom of said shaft or slope, when quitting work, shall be hoisted. when. Such headman and footman shall personally attend to the signals and see that the provisions of this act in respect to lowering and hoisting persons in shafts or slopes shall be complied with.

Sec. 316. He [the topman) shall not allow any tools to be placed Sending down on the same cage with men or boys, nor on either cage when per- tools. sons are being lowered into the mine, except when for the purpose of repairing the shaft or the machinery therein. The men shall place their tools in cars provided for that purpose, which car or cars shall be lowered before and after the men have been lowered.

Sec. 347. Ile shall also see that no driver, or other person, Descent descends the shaft with any horse or mule unless the said horse or horse or mule. mule is secured in a suitable box or safely penned, and only the driver in charge of said horse or mule shall accompany it in any case.

SEC. 348. If any person shall receive any injury in or about the Accidents. mine and the same shall come within the knowledge of the mine

H. Doc. 733, 58-2_65


ot ex


foreman, and if he shall be of opinion that the injured person requires medical, or surgical treatment, he shall see that said injured person receives the same, and in case of inability of such injured person to pay therefor the same shall be borne by the county. The mine foreman shall report monthly to the mine inspector of the district, on blanks furnished by said inspector for

that purpose, all accidents resulting in personal injury. Persons Sec. 349. No unauthorized person shall enter the mine without cluded.

permission from the superintendent or mine foreman, Intoxication. SEC. 350. No person in a state of intoxication shall be allowel

to go into or loiter about the mine. Report of in- Sec. 351. All employees shall inform the mine foreman, or his juries to doors, assistant, of the unsafe condition of any working place, hauling etc.

roads or traveling ways, or of damage to doors, brattices or stop

pings, or of obstructions in the air passages when known to them. Blasters. Sec. 352. No person shall be employed to blast coal, rock or slate,

unless the mine foreman is satisfied that such person is qualified

by experience to perform the work with ordinary care. Safety blocks. Sec. 353. The mine superintendent, or mine foreman, shall cause

to be constructed safety blocks, or some other device, for the purpose of preventing cars from falling into the shaft, or running away on slopes or incline planes; and safety switches, drop logs or other device shall be used on all slopes and incline planes; and said safety blocks, safety switches or other device must be

maintained in good working order. Working SEC. 354. Every workman employed in the mine shall examine places. his working place before commencing work, and after any stoppage

of work during the shift, he shall repeat such examination. Walking on Sec. 355. No person shall be allowed to travel on foot to or from car tracks.

his work on any incline plane, dilly or locomotive roads. when

other good roads are provided for that purpose. Defacing no- Sec. 356. Any employee or other person who shall willfully de

face, pull down or destroy any notice board, danger signal, general or special rules or mining laws, shall be prosecuted as provided

for in section two, article twenty-one of this act (sec. 384). Powder in SEC. 357. No powder or high explosive shall be taken into the mines;

mine in greater quantities than required for use in one shift, unless such quantity be less than five pounds, and all powder shall

be carried into the mine in metallic canisters. In tipples. Sec. 358. Powder in quantities exceeding twenty-five pounds, or

other explosives in quantities exceeding ten pounds, shall not be stored in any tipple or any weighing office, nor where workmen have business to visit, and no naked lights shall be used while

weighing and giving out powder. Signal wires. Sec. 359. All persons, except those duly authorized, are forbidden

to meddle or tamper in any way with any electric or signal wires

in or about the mines. Hoisting Sec. 360. No greater pumber of persons shall be hoisted or lowworkmen.

ered at any one time in any shaft than is permitted by the mine inspector, and whenever said number of persons shall arrive at the bottom of the shaft in which persons are regularly hoisted or lowered they shall be furnished with an empty cage and be hoisted, and in cases of emergency, a less number shall be promptly hoisted. Any person or persons crowding or pushing to get on or

off the cages shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Notice as to SEC. 361. Each workman, when engaged, shall have his attention

directed to the general and special rules by the person employing

him. Polluting air, SEC. 362. Workmen and all other persons are expressly forbid

den to commit any nuisance or throw into, deposit, or leave coals or dirt, stones or other rubbish in the air way or road so as to interfere with, pollute or hinder the air passing into and through

the mine. Key to safe SEC. 363. No one, except a person duly authorized by the mine ty lamps.

foreman, shall have in his possession a key or other instrument for the purpose of unlocking any safety lamp in any mine where locked safety lamps are used.





SEC. 364. Every abandoned slope, shaft, air hole or drift shall Abandoned be properly fenced around or across its entrance.

slopes. SEC. 365. No safety lamps shall be intrusted to any person for Safety lamps. use in mines until he has given satisfactory evidence to the mine foreman that he understands the proper use thereof and danger of tampering with the same. Sec. 366. No person shall ride upon or against any loaded car or

Riding cage in any shaft or slope in or about any bituminous coal mine; no person other than the trip runner shall be permitted to ride on empty trips on any slope, incline plane or dilly road, when the speed of the cars exceeds six miles per hour. The transportation of tools in and out of the mine shall be under the direction of the mine foreman.

SEC, 367. No persons other than the drivers or trip runners shall Same subject. be permitted to ride on the full cars.

SEC. 368. In mines where coal dust has accumulated to a danger- Sprinkling ous extent, care shall be exercised to prevent said dust from float- coal dust. ing in the atmosphere by sprinkling it with water, or otherwise, as far as practicable.

Sec. 369. In cutting of clay veins, spars or faults in entries, or Bore holes. other narrow workings going into the solid coal in mines where explosive gases are generated in dangerous quantities, a bore hole shall be kept not less than three feet in advance of the face of the work, or in advance of any shot hole drilled for a blast to be fired therein.

SEC. 370, The engineer placed in charge of an engine whereby Hoisting enpersons are hoisted out of or lowered into any mine shall be a

gineer. sober and competent person and not less than twenty-one years of age.

SEC. 371. When a workman is about to fire a blast he shall be Firing blast. careful to notify all persons who might be endangered thereby, and shall give sufficient alarm so that any person or persons approaching shall be warned of the danger. Sec. 372. In every shaft or slope where persons are hoisted or Topman and

cager. lowered by machinery as provided by this act, a topman and cager shall be appointed by the superintendent or mine foreman. SEC. 373. Whenever a workman shall open a box containing

Opening box

of powder. powder or other explosives, or while in any manner handling the same, he shall first place his lamp not less than five feet from such explosive and in such a position that the air current can not convey sparks to it, and he shall not smoke while handling explosives.

SEC. 374. An accumulation of gas in mines shall not be removed Removing by brushing.

gas. SEC. 375. When gas is ignited by blast or otherwise, the person Gas to be exhaving charge of the place where the said gas is ignited, shall tinguished. immediately extinguish it if possible, and if unable to do so shall immediately notify the mine foreman or his assistant of the fact. Workmen must see that no gas blowers are left burning upon leaving their working places. SEC. 376. All ventilating fans used at mines shall be provided Ventilating

fans. with recording instruments, by which the number of revolutions or the effective ventilating pressure of the fan shall be registered, and the registration with its date for each and every day shall be kept in the office of the mine for future reference for one year from its date. Sec. 377. Where the clothing or wearing apparel of the employ

Wash rooms. ees becomes wet by reason of working in wet places in the mines, it shall be the duty of the operator or superintendent of each mine, at the request in writing of the mine inspector, who shall make such request upon the petition of any five miners of any one mine in the district working in the aforesaid wet places, to provide a suitable building which shall be convenient to the principal entrances of such mine for the use of the persons employed in wet places therein, for the purpose of washing themselves and changing their clothes when entering the mine and returning therefrom. The said building shall be maintained in good order and be prop

« ForrigeFortsett »