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225 ILCS 710/1

    (225 ILCS 710/1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4201)
    Sec. 1. Application of Act; short title; definitions.
    (a) This Act shall apply to all mines in the State of Illinois producing minerals within the meaning of that term, as hereinafter defined.
    (b) This Act may be cited as the Fluorspar and Underground Limestone Mines Act.
    (c) For the purpose of this Act the singular numbers when in reference to persons, acts, objects and things of whatsoever kind and description shall, whenever the context will permit, be taken and held to import and include the plural number and the plural number shall similarly be taken and held to import and include the singular, and terms that impart the masculine gender shall be taken to impart and include the feminine gender as well.
    (d) The term "mine," when used in the Act, shall include prospects, openings and open-cuts and workings, and shall embrace any and all parts of the property of such "mine" and mining plant on the surface or underground, that contribute directly or indirectly to the mining and handling of minerals.
    Provided, that when a group of workings in proximity to one another and under one management are administered as distinct units each working shall be considered a separate mine.
    (e) The term "mineral" when used in this Act shall mean whatever is recognized by the standard authorities as mineral, whether metalliferous or non-metalliferous, but shall not be held to embrace or include silica, granite, marble, salt, sand, gravel, clay, rock, coal, lignite, gas, oil or any substance extracted in solution or in the molten state through bore holes.
    (f) The term "operator" when used in this Act shall mean the person, firm, or body corporate, in immediate possession of any mine and its accessories as owner or lessee thereof, and as such responsible for the condition and management thereof.
    (g) The term "superintendent" when used in this Act shall mean the person having the immediate supervision of the mine.
    (h) The term "mine foreman" when used in this Act shall mean the person who at any one time is charged with the general direction of the underground work.
    (i) The term "inspector" when used in this Act shall signify the official State Inspector.
    (j) The words "excavation" and "workings" when used in this Act shall signify any and all parts of a mine excavated or being excavated, including shafts, raises, tunnels, adits, open-cuts, and all working places, whether abandoned or in use.
    (k) Whenever the expression "number of men" or "average number of men" employed in a mine are used in this Act as defining or constituting classes of mines to which this Act or any specific section, clauses, provision or rule thereof, does or does not apply, such expressions shall be construed to mean the average number of individuals employed during the previous year as shown by the returns to the mine inspector or by the books or pay roll of the mine, or by all of such means and such average number shall be determined by dividing the total number of man shifts by the number of days the mine worked during such period.
    (l) The term "explosive" or "explosives" as used in this Act shall be held to mean and to include any chemical or any mechanical mixture that contains any oxidizing and combustible units or other ingredients in such proportions, quantities, or packing that an ignition by fire, by friction, by concussion, by percussion or by detonation of any part of the compound or mixture may cause such a sudden generation of highly heated gases that the resultant gaseous pressures are capable of producing destructive effect on contiguous objects or of destroying life or limb.
    (m) The term "person" when used in this Act shall be held to mean and include a firm or body corporate as well as natural persons.
    (n) The term "underground" as used in this Act shall be held to mean "within the limits of" any mine working or excavation and shall not exclude such workings or excavations as may not be covered over by rock or earth.
    (o) The term "employees" and "men employed" shall be held to mean all individuals receiving compensation from the operator, directly or indirectly, for labor or services performed in connection with the mine and shall include contractors, lessors, lessees, tributers, or any one similarly employed.
(Source: P.A. 88-185.)

225 ILCS 710/2.01

    (225 ILCS 710/2.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4203)
    Sec. 2.01. Inspector of mines. The Office of Inspector of Mines is hereby created. From names certified by the Mining Board, the Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals shall select and appoint Inspectors as required to provide adequate inspection of all properties coming within the regulations of this Act. Their commissions shall be for a term of 2 years from July 1st provided any State Inspector in actual service and in good standing who has passed one examination under this Act may be reappointed for the next ensuing term without further certification; and provided, further, no person shall be eligible for appointment as a State Inspector of Mines who has pecuniary interest in any metal or mineral mines. He or she shall be at least 30 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State for at least one year previous to his or her appointment and shall have been practically engaged in metalliferous or mineral mining for a sufficient number of years to be familiar with mining operations above and below ground and able to pass an examination for mine inspector before the State Mining Board. The State Inspector shall receive as compensation the rate of pay established for coal mine inspectors in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/3

    (225 ILCS 710/3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4204)
    Sec. 3. Office of Inspector of Mines. The Office of Inspector of Mines as created by this Act shall be under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources to the same purport and effect as all other mining operations provided for by law, unless otherwise provided. The Inspector of Mines appointed hereunder shall keep an office within and as a part of the office of the Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals, and whose necessary employees shall be employed and paid in the same manner as is provided for the employment and pay of the necessary employees of the State departments under the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, and as is provided in Section 5-645 of the Departments of State Government Law (20 ILCS 5/5-645.
(Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)

225 ILCS 710/4

    (225 ILCS 710/4) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4205)
    Sec. 4. Qualifications of inspector. No person shall be qualified to hold the office of inspector while that person is an employee, director, or officer of any mining or metallurgical concern or company, or while directly or indirectly connected with any mining or metallurgical concern or company or copartnership operating in this State, either as partner or in any other capacity, or while engaged in private practice as a consulting engineer. The inspector shall devote his or her entire time to the duties of his or her respective office, and when not engaged in metal mines or other duties in connection therewith he or she may be assigned to any work under the supervision of the Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals, and it is unlawful for the inspector to be otherwise employed by the State of Illinois or to act directly or indirectly for or on behalf of any candidate for public office or for any political party, or receive compensation, either directly or indirectly, from any candidate for public office or from any political party in the State during the term of such inspector. Failure to observe the provisions of this Section shall render the inspector liable to immediate removal from office by the Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals without further cause shown and the Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals is authorized and empowered to make removals in such cases.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/5

    (225 ILCS 710/5) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4206)
    Sec. 5. Record of mines. The inspector of mines shall keep a record of all mines, in the State, a record of all mines examined, showing the dates of such examinations, the condition in which the mines so examined were found, with particular reference to the safety, ventilation and sanitary condition of each mine so examined, the manner and method of working, all violations of the provisions of this Act found, if any, the action taken thereon, and the result of such action, together with recommendations made in the cases of each mine examiner by the inspector and any other data or information pertaining to his or her office and acquired during the carrying out of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/6.01

    (225 ILCS 710/6.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4208)
    Sec. 6.01. Monthly report. It is hereby the duty of the operator of each mine to forward to the Department of Natural Resources, not later than the 15th day of each month a report in writing on a form supplied by the Department of Natural Resources, showing for the preceding calendar month the tonnage of product, the average number of people employed, and the number and nature of fatal and all other accidents. All such reports shall be filed in and become a part of the records of the Department of Natural Resources. Blank forms for such reports shall be furnished by the State.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/6.02

    (225 ILCS 710/6.02) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4209)
    Sec. 6.02. Accident reports. In all cases, occurring in or about any mine, of fires, appearance of dangerous gas, breakage of ropes or other gear by which people are hoisted or lowered, overwinding while people are being hoisted, unexpected inrush of water, threatened crushing of mine workings, or any other accident, occurrence or change of conditions tending to increase the hazards of mining whether or not personal injury results, a telephone report, followed by a written report thereof signed by the operator or superintendent, shall immediately be made to the inspector.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/6.03

    (225 ILCS 710/6.03) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4210)
    Sec. 6.03.
    A failure, neglect or refusal to make such report or give such information as is specified in Section 6.01 or 6.02 constitutes a misdemeanor and every such operator or superintendent so failing, neglecting or refusing is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and each separate failure, neglect or refusal constitutes a separate offense. However, no other or different report to any other department of State shall be required of any operator of or concerning the matters required to be so reported.
(Source: P.A. 78-255.)

225 ILCS 710/7.01

    (225 ILCS 710/7.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4212)
    Sec. 7.01. Authorized representative. Every operator of any mine shall in writing designate an authorized representative upon whom all reports, notices, warnings or other documents may be served under the provisions of this Act, and a copy of such authorization shall be filed with the Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals and shall remain in full force until revoked by an instrument in writing filed with such Director. Every operator or his or her duly authorized representative shall sign by name and title on a dated line for each report, notice or warning issued and delivered to him or her by the Inspector of Mines.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/8

    (225 ILCS 710/8) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4213)
    Sec. 8. Reports confidential. The inspector or any person employed by such inspector or any person having access to the papers filed in the office of said inspector, shall not make public or reveal to any person or persons, either orally or in writing, all or any part of the contents of any report, complaint, or document filed in the office of the inspector of mines of this State, or reveal or make public to any person or persons any knowledge or information in regard to the safety or physical or financial condition of any mine, mining rights, prospect, or mining company or concern obtained by the aforesaid inspector while in the exercise of his or her official duties. Nothing herein contained, however, shall be construed to prevent any inspector or any clerk or employee of such inspector, from making official reports to the Governor or legislature of this State, to the inspector of mines, or from giving evidence in any court of justice in this State in discharge of his or her official duty, or from informing the operator or superintendent of a mine in regard to findings respecting his or her particular mine.
    Any violation of any of the provisions of this Section by an inspector of mines, or any employee or clerk, shall constitute a misdemeanor and shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/9.01

    (225 ILCS 710/9.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4215)
    Sec. 9.01. Duty to visit. It shall be the duty of each inspector in each district to personally visit every active mine not less than once every 3 months or as often as he or she deems it is necessary to assure the safety of people employed in the mines and the general public in the vicinity thereof and to inspect and examine into the operation, workings, timberings, safety appliances, machinery, sanitation, ventilation, means of ingress and egress and means taken to protect the lives and insure the safety of the miners, together with the cause of accidents and accidental death therein; and in general to inspect and ascertain what means are taken to comply with the provisions of this Act. For the purpose of making such inspection and ascertaining the facts in connection with such examination, the inspector shall have full power and authority at all hours to enter and examine any part of any mine or mining plant within this State, or any part of the workings, thereof, but so as not to unnecessarily impede or obstruct the workings of the mine. All operators and their employees shall render to the inspector such assistance as may be necessary to enable the inspector to make such examination.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/9.02

    (225 ILCS 710/9.02) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4216)
    Sec. 9.02. For the purpose of ascertaining facts in connection with any inspection, inquiry, or examination, the inspector shall have full power to compel the attendance of witnesses by subpoena, to take depositions on the service of proper or usual notice to the mine owner or operator as required in the taking of depositions, to administer oaths, and to examine, cross-examine, and take such testimony as may be deemed necessary for the information of the inspector.
    The refusal by any person to obey a subpoena issued by the inspector, or the wilful hindrance or obstruction by any person of the inspector in the performance of any of his duties under this Act, shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor and shall be punished as hereinafter provided.
    Any witness appearing before the inspector in response to a subpoena so issued, who shall knowingly and wilfully testify falsely to any material matter, shall be deemed guilty of perjury and upon conviction as by law provided, shall be punished for perjury.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

225 ILCS 710/10

    (225 ILCS 710/10) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4217)
    Sec. 10. Dangerous conditions; notice; remedial action. Whenever the inspector finds any mine or part of any mine in an unsafe condition by reason of any violation of any of the rules or provisions of this Act, or in a condition dangerous or detrimental to the life or health of those employed therein for the same reason or by reason of defects in timbering or other means of support, in mining, in ventilation, or in sanitation, it is the duty of the inspector at once to serve or cause to be served a notice in writing on the operator or superintendent of the mine or on the person designated by the operator for service in accordance with Section 7.01 of this Act, and the notice shall set forth in detail the nature and extent of the defects that render the mine or part of the mine unsafe, dangerous, or detrimental to the life or health of those employed therein, together with the point or place in the mine or in the workings of the mine where the defects exist, and the notice shall require the necessary changes to be made in the mine or part of the mine without delay and within a specified time, in the discretion of the inspector, as will make the same conform to the provisions of this Act. The inspector shall post a copy of the notice on the property of the mine, on a display board in the change house or in a place where it will be open and visible to all the employees of the mine.
    If it appears from a re-examination of the mine by the inspector that the necessary changes have not been made within the time specified in the notice, and that the mine or part of the mine is still in a condition dangerous to life or health, and in the opinion of the inspector it is necessary for the safety of the life or health of the employees in the mine or part of the mine that the same be vacated, the inspector is empowered to order work stopped in any part of the mine, or in the entire mine, and to order the immediate withdrawal of any and all employees from the danger area. The inspector shall then immediately notify the Director of the Office of Mines and Minerals of the situation and the inspector may institute an action for an injunction in the circuit court, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, on the relation of the inspector, to restrain the operation and working of the mine or part of the mine, and the entrance of employees therein for purposes other than to remedy the defects complained of until the provisions of this Act are complied with, and the mine or part thereof is made safe for the employees therein; and the plaintiff in the action, without bond, and upon ex parte affidavits made by the inspector showing in detail the nature and extent of the defects that in the affiant's opinion, render the mine or part of the mine unsafe or detrimental to the life or health of those employed therein, and stating that the mine, or part of the mine, is, in the opinion of the affiant, in a condition dangerous to the life or health, may, pending the trial of the action, procure a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction from any circuit court if in the opinion of the court, the facts warrant the granting of such injunctive relief, enjoining the operation and working of the mine, or part of the mine, and the entrance of employees therein, except for the purpose of remedying the defects complained of, until the further order of the court.
    However, the defendants in the actions have the same opportunity to be heard upon motion to vacate or dissolve such temporary restraining order or preliminary injunctions as defendants have in any actions brought in this State in which such injunctive relief may be granted.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/11

    (225 ILCS 710/11) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4218)
    Sec. 11. Refusal to allow inspection; court order. If the operator of any mine within the State shall fail or refuse to permit, or shall impede such inspection as is provided in Sections 9.01, 9.02 and 10 of this Act, the Department of Natural Resources may file its affidavit setting forth such refusal before any judge of the circuit court of the judicial circuit in which said mine is situated, or at the option of the Department of Natural Resources, in the county in which is situated the general office of the corporation owning or operating the mine and obtain an order directed to such operator so refusing as aforesaid, commanding him or her to permit and furnish all necessary facilities for the entering, examination, or inspection of such mine or to be adjudged to stand in contempt of court and be punished accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/12

    (225 ILCS 710/12) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4219)
    Sec. 12. It shall be the duty of the inspector, after every inspection of any mine or parts of any mine, as provided in this Act, to enter forthwith in a book to be kept at the mine and designated as the "record of inspection" the parts of the mine so inspected, the nature of such inspection, and every illegal defect observed in the state and condition of the mine, machinery and appliances; but nothing contained in or omitted from such entry shall limit or affect the duty and obligation of the owner or operator of such mine under this Act. Such "record of inspection" shall be open at all reasonable times to the examination of the inspector or to the examination of any person employed at the mine.
    Provided, however, that such records shall not be in lieu of, or a substitute for, the notice required to be served by section 10 of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1921, p. 525.)

225 ILCS 710/13

    (225 ILCS 710/13) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4220)
    Sec. 13. Employees complaint; inspection. Whenever the inspector receives a complaint in writing, signed by 5 or more persons employed in a mine, setting forth that the mine in which they are working is being operated contrary to law and is in any respect dangerous to the health and lives of those employed therein, the inspector shall in person examine such mine as soon as possible. The names of the persons making such complaint shall be kept secret by the inspector, unless permission to disclose them be expressly granted by the persons making the complaint.
    Such complaint, shall in all cases, set forth the alleged violation of law observed, the nature of the danger existing at the mine, and the time when such violation or danger was first observed. If on inspection the inspector finds the conditions, in his or her opinion, dangerous to the health and lives of those employed therein, by reason of any violation of any of the provisions and rules of this Act, the inspector shall serve or cause to be served a notice setting forth fully the facts upon which his or her opinion is based, as provided in Section 10 of this Act.
    It shall be the duty of the inspector to forward every such original complaint so received to the Office of Mines and Minerals, where it shall be indexed and filed among the official papers of the Office.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/14

    (225 ILCS 710/14) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4221)
    Sec. 14. Serious accident; notice. Whenever a serious accident occurs in or about any mine, notice thereof shall be given promptly by telephone or telegraph, followed by a notice in writing, to the inspector by the superintendent or other person having immediate charge of the work at the time of the accident. The words "serious accident" shall be construed to mean, for the purposes of this Act, accidents resulting in such injuries as, in the opinion of an accredited physician, may result in the injured person being incapacitated from work for at least 14 days. Upon receiving such notice the inspector shall, if feasible and if the nature of the accident shows it to be necessary, proceed to the scene of the accident with all convenient speed and investigate fully the cause of the accident, and, within 20 days thereafter, shall file the result of such investigation as a report in the office of the inspector. Whenever the inspector cannot proceed as above to the scene of the accident, the person in charge of the mine shall be so informed by the inspector and such person in charge shall obtain sworn statements of those who witnessed the accident, or if no one was present at the time of such accident the person in charge shall obtain the sworn statement of those first arriving upon the scene. Such statements shall give, as far as possible, the details of the accident, the facts leading up to it, and its probable cause; such sworn statements shall immediately thereafter be sent to the inspector, who shall file the same in his office as public records.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/15

    (225 ILCS 710/15) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4222)
    Sec. 15. The superintendent shall post or cause to be posted an emergency organization chart or plan in a conspicuous place on each mine property designating the duties of various employees and listing mine rescue stations, hospitals, doctors, etc., to be called in case of fire, explosion, flood, cave-in or other emergency. Whenever loss of life occurs from accident in or about a mine, and when death results from personal injury, the superintendent or other person having immediate charge of the work at the time of the accident shall give notice to the inspector promptly by telephone or telegraph, followed by a notice in writing, after knowledge of death comes.
    Whenever possible, the inspector shall be present at the coroner's inquest held over the remains of a person killed in or about a mine. Due notice of an intended inquest to be held by the coroner shall be given by the coroner to the inspector, and at such inquest the inspector shall have the right to examine and cross-examine witnesses, and such examination shall be part of the records of such inquest. If, at any inquest held over the body or bodies of persons whose death was caused by an accident in or about the mine, the inspector be not present, and it be found from the evidence given at the inquest that the accident was caused by neglect or by any defect in or about the mine, or because the mine was operated contrary to the provisions of this Act, the coroner shall send notice in writing to said inspector of such reported neglect or default; and the said inspector shall immediately take steps to have an investigation made of the same. The coroner before whom such an inquest is held shall promptly file with the inspector of mines a copy of the testimony taken thereat and a copy of the verdict rendered by the coroner's jury.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/16

    (225 ILCS 710/16) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4223)
    Sec. 16. Employee failure; investigation. Whenever, in the opinion of the inspector of mines, a serious or fatal accident in or about any mine in this State shall have been caused by failure on the part of the operator or any employee of such mine, or by any other person, or by any of them, to observe the provisions of this Act, it shall be the duty of the inspector to immediately notify the Department of Natural Resources by wire or telephone, and cause a copy of the report of such accident or a copy of the testimony taken at the coroner's inquest, together with the verdict of the coroner's jury, and all papers in his or her hands relating thereto, to be forwarded to the Department of Natural Resources that an investigation may be immediately conducted by the Department of Natural Resources, and if they concur with the inspector, all reports and testimony so assembled shall be delivered to the prosecuting officer of the county in which the accident or loss of life occurred, together with a statement of the inspector showing in what particular or particulars he or she believes the law to have been violated, and if upon the receipt thereof the prosecuting officer of the said county deems the facts to make a prima facie cause of action against any party, that officer shall present such evidence to the grand jury and take such further steps for the criminal prosecution of such operators, employees or other persons as may seem advisable.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/17

    (225 ILCS 710/17) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4224)
    Sec. 17. Report to Governor and General Assembly. It shall be the duty of the inspector of mines within 3 months after January 1, in each year to make a report directed to the Governor and legislature of this State, giving a statistical summary and report of the work of the inspector of mines during the previous year ended December 31. Such report shall contain a statement showing the number of people employed in each mine in the State, stating separately the number of people employed above ground and underground, the number and nature of fatal and serious accidents occurring in each mine, the number of inspections made, complaints filed, inquests attended, mines ordered to be vacated, violations found, and any other information deemed important and relevant by the inspector of mines, together with such recommendations as, in the judgment of the inspector of mines, are necessary or desirable to the carrying out of this Act and to insure the health and safety of the workers employed within the mines, subject to the provisions of this Act. Such report shall be published in and made a part of the annual coal report.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/18

    (225 ILCS 710/18) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4225)
    Sec. 18. Superintendent; appointment. The operator of every mine shall appoint a person who shall be personally in charge of the mine and the performance of the work done therein, who shall be designated as the "superintendent." Provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall prevent the owner or operator of any mine from personally filling the office of superintendent.
    The superintendent of every mine shall inspect or cause some competent person or persons appointed by him or her to inspect all mining appliances, boilers, engines, magazines, shafts, shaft-houses, underground workings, roofs, pillars, timbers, explosives, bell ropes, speaking tubes, telephones, tracks, ladders, dry closets, and all parts and appliances of said mine in actual use, and any such person or persons appointed by the said superintendent shall at once report any defects therein to the superintendent. It shall be the duty of the superintendent upon ascertaining such defects to take immediate steps to remedy the same so as to make the same comply with the provisions of this Act, and he or she shall forthwith notify the operator of said mine of the existence of such defects. It shall be the duty of the superintendent to appoint a competent person to have full charge, under the direction of the superintendent, of every magazine containing explosives situated on such mining property, and to make such other appointments and perform such other duties as are provided by this Act to be performed by such superintendent.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/19

    (225 ILCS 710/19) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4226)
    Sec. 19. Mine foreman; appointment. Each superintendent shall appoint a person who shall be in charge of the development of the underground workings of all mines under the supervision of such superintendent and who shall direct the work of the people employed underground therein, who shall be designated as the "mine foreman": provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the superintendent of any mine from also filling the position of the mine foreman upon obtaining a certificate of competency as hereinafter provided.
    Such mine foreman shall be personally in charge of the development of the underground workings and shall personally direct the work of the people underground, except, that if more than one mine is under the supervision of the superintendent appointing such mine foreman, then such mine foreman may be placed in charge of all such mines and may appoint competent assistant mine foremen and delegate to them such of his or her duties or personal supervision and direction as are warranted by the circumstances.
    It shall be unlawful for the operator of any mine to have in his or her service as mine foreman, any person who does not hold a certificate of competency issued by the Mining Board of the Department of Natural Resources, provided however, that in case an emergency or exigency arises by virtue of which it is impossible for an operator to obtain the services of a certified mine foreman, a trustworthy and experienced person may be appointed temporarily as mine foreman for the duration of such emergency or exigency. Each applicant for a certificate of competency as a mine foreman shall produce evidence satisfactory to the board that he or she is a citizen of the United States, is at least 24 years of age, has had at least 4 years' practical mining experience, and is of good repute and temperate habits; provided, however, that graduation from an accredited engineering school shall be equivalent to 2 of the 4 years' required mining experience. Any applicant who is not a graduate of an accredited engineering school shall also pass an examination as to experience in mines and in the management of people, knowledge of mine machinery and appliances, the principles of ventilation and of first aid to the injured and of mine rescue methods and appliances. An applicant who is a graduate of an accredited engineering school may not be required to take such examination.
    Notwithstanding the foregoing provision, a certificate of competency shall be issued to all mine foremen who, on the effective date of this Act, are employed by any mining companies as mine foremen.
    The failure of a superintendent to appoint a mine foreman as provided in this Section or the neglect or failure of a superintendent to appoint another in his or her place, in the event of said mine foreman vacating or losing his or her position for any cause, shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor, and shall be punished as hereinafter provided. Such appointment shall be made in writing and it shall be the duty of such superintendent to post a notice of such appointment or re-appointment immediately after the same shall have been made, in at least 2 conspicuous places about said mine and notice of such appointment or any reappointment shall be mailed immediately thereafter to the inspector of mines.
    The mine foreman shall see that the regulations provided herein for insuring the safety of all people employed in such mine are carried out; he or she immediately report to the superintendent of the mine any violations or infringements of this Act observed by him or her within the mine, and shall take immediate steps to remedy the same. He or she shall warn all employees of danger to life or limb observed by him or her within the mine and shall not knowingly permit any person to work in an unsafe place, except for the purpose of making it safe or when work in such a place is necessary and unavoidable; and shall supervise the miners in the performance of their work.
    It shall be the duty of the mine foreman to see that the number and identity of people going underground on every shift is established by the introduction and maintenance of an efficient life check system.
(Source: P.A. 89-455, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/20

    (225 ILCS 710/20) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4227)
    Sec. 20. Qualified mining engineer. The operator of every mine shall appoint a qualified mining engineer either in an operating or consulting capacity whose duties shall be to examine into all mining operations within the limits of the mine and correct same whenever necessary so as to conform to recognized safe mining practice.
    Provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall prevent the owner or operator of any mine, or his appointed superintendent, from personally filling the office of mining engineer.
    The term "qualified mining engineer," when used in this Act, shall mean a person with at least 10 years practical experience in metalliferous or mineral mining, 5 of which shall have been in responsible charge of such operations.
    Provided, that active membership in the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers shall count as 6 years of practical experience or 3 years in charge of operations.
    And, provided further, that a certificate of graduation from a recognized mining college shall count as two years of practical experience.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/21

    (225 ILCS 710/21) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4228)
    Sec. 21. It shall be the duty of any operator, superintendent, mine foreman or any one in charge of any mine to keep at such places about the mine as may be designated by the inspector, a stretcher, a woolen blanket and a waterproof blanket in good condition for use in carrying any person who may be injured at the time. When more than 100 persons are employed two stretchers, two woolen blankets and two waterproof blankets shall be kept. At all mines an adequate supply of materials shall be kept readily accessible for the treatment of any one injured and shall include at least two all-purpose gas masks; sufficient waterproof unit type first-aid kits equipped with units consisting of extra long gauze bandages with compresses sewed in their centers; triangular bandages with methods of application printed thereon and one card of instructions; large first-aid dressings for wounds; packages of sterilized gauze; assorted bandages; United States Army tourniquet; materials for burn treatment approved by the Department of Natural Resources; wooden or wire gauze splints; packages of absorbent cotton; shears; tweezers; aromatic spirits of ammonia; paper cups; first aid book of instructions; soap; basins, towels. In all mines a first-aid corps shall be organized, consisting of a foreman, shift bosses, and any other employees who may be designated by the superintendent. It shall be the duty of the operator or superintendent of the mine to cause the organization of such employees into a first-aid corps and to procure the service of a competent person to instruct the members of such first-aid corps from time to time, but not less than once in each three months, in the proper handling and treatment of persons before the arrival of a physician.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/22

    (225 ILCS 710/22) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4229)
    Sec. 22. The operator of every mine shall make and maintain, or cause to be made or maintained by a competent mining engineer or surveyor, a clear and accurate map or maps, with sections, if necessary, showing all the working of such mine. Such map shall be filed with the Department of Natural Resources and shall be brought up to date by such operator at one year intervals from the date it is filed. Such map or maps shall show all excavations, all parts of said mine that have been worked out or abandoned, and all underground workings.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/23

    (225 ILCS 710/23) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4230)
    Sec. 23. Failure to make maps. Whenever any operator of any mine shall neglect or refuse to make such map of the workings of any such mine for a period of 3 months after the receipt of written notice so to do by the inspector, or shall fail to add or cause to be added to such map at least once in every 6 months representation of all excavations made within said period, then and in either of such events, the inspector is hereby authorized to cause a correct survey and map of such mine to be made at the expense of the operator thereof, and the cost of which shall be recoverable by law. The amount advanced by the inspector for making any map as provided in this section shall be considered as part of the expense of his or her office and shall be paid as such.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/24

    (225 ILCS 710/24) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4231)
    Sec. 24. Storage of inflammable material. It shall be the duty of the operator of every mine in which oils and other dangerously inflammable materials are used, to store such materials, or cause them to be stored in a covered building kept solely for such storage, which building shall be at least 100 feet from any other building, shaft, tunnel, or other mine openings, and at least 300 feet from any powder magazine: Provided, that gasoline, naphtha, distillate, and fuel oils may be stored in a tank or tanks buried in the ground, which tank or tanks shall be provided with proper vents, and shall be placed at least 10 feet from any building, or 50 feet from any shaft, tunnel or other mine openings, and at least 300 feet from any powder magazine: And provided further, that lubricating oils may be stored in a well constructed, covered building, which shall be at least 10 feet from any building, and 50 feet from any shaft, tunnel, or other mine opening, and at least 300 feet from any powder magazine. No tank shall be installed from which liquid fuel is to be conducted by gravity to the point of combustion, unless there be installed between such tank and such point of combustion a simple and reliable cut-off valve which shall be capable of being reached and closed within 30 seconds from any point within the building in which such point of combustion is situated.
    The person in charge of such building or tank or tanks, who shall be the superintendent or a person expressly designated by him or her, shall permit only sufficient oil or other inflammable material to be taken from such building or tank or tanks to meet the requirements of one day. If any oil or gasoline storage be so situated that leakage would permit the oil or gasoline to flow within the above specified distances, means to prevent such flow must be provided.
    Illuminating oil shall not be stored in the underground workings of any mine, except such quantity as is sufficient to meet the estimated requirements of the mine during the succeeding 24 hours. No more than one barrel of any one kind of lubricating oil shall be stored underground on any one level at any one time. No oil, candles, explosives, timber, or other combustible materials shall be stored at all in shaft stations or within 50 feet thereof.
    Gasoline shall not be stored underground: Provided, however, that a tank containing gasoline and connected to the engine or other apparatus in which it is being used shall not be construed as a storage tank. No engine or other apparatus shall be filled with gasoline while underground.
    Waste timber or old timber shall not be piled and permitted to decay in stations, drifts, cross cuts, or other open workings in the mine, but shall be removed from the mine as soon as practicable: Provided, however, that in stopes or other workings, old timber may be buried in the filling material and permitted to remain in the mine. Empty boxes, wooden chips, paper, and combustible rubbish of all kinds shall be removed from every working place underground at least once in every 24 hours.
    Timber storage sheds or any inflammable structure shall not be placed or permitted to remain within 75 feet of the shaft house or hoisting engine house: Provided, however, that wooden head frames for hoisting and lowering may be erected and operated.
    All inflammable material that may be stored in any existing house or structure erected over any shaft, tunnel, or other mine opening shall be immediately removed, and such inflammable material shall not be stored within 30 feet of the exterior walls of such house or structure now existing, or that may hereafter be built.
    All oily waste and waste of any kind used in and about underground machinery shall be deposited in metal receptacles.
    Calcium carbide shall be stored on the surface only in detached, waterproof, dry, and well-ventilated buildings, and shall be contained in the original metal packages not exceeding 100 pounds each. All such packages, but one, in such storage place shall remain sealed except that a new package may be opened when in the only other open package there remains less than 1 pound of calcium carbide. No calcium carbide shall be stored underground.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/25

    (225 ILCS 710/25) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4232)
    Sec. 25. Explosives; storage. The term "magazine" as used in this Section shall be held to mean and include any building or other structure or place in which explosives are stored or kept, whether above or below ground.
    Sufficient explosives may be stored within a mine to meet the estimated requirements of such a mine during the succeeding 24 hours and an additional 24 hours' supply of explosives may be taken within the mine for the purpose of thawing the same in accordance with the provisions of Sections 45.51 and 45.52 of this Act, but in no event shall any greater supply of explosives be taken into or stored in the mine than is required to meet the estimated requirements of the mine during the succeeding 48 hours. No explosives shall be kept at any place within a mine where its accidental discharge would cut off the escape of miners working therein.
    All explosives within the mine, except in magazines, shall be kept in stout tight boxes with hinged lids, from which explosives shall be removed only as required for immediate use. It shall be unlawful to keep such boxes containing explosives near any track or electric conductors or in any manway or to permit any grains or particles of such explosives to be or remain on the outside or about the containers in which such explosives are held. Black blasting powder and high explosives shall not be kept in the same box.
    Not more than 75 pounds of explosives shall be kept in any one level at any one time, except that such explosives may be stored in an underground magazine from which supplies required for immediate use shall be distributed to the various working places by an authorized and competent person or persons. Such underground magazine may consist of a separate drift or chamber, the walls of which shall be of fire proof material or of wood covered with sheet iron. The entrance to such underground magazines shall be kept securely locked, except when it has to be entered by the person or persons in charge of the same.
    All explosives, except detonators and fuses in excess of the temporary supply authorized to be taken into or stored in the mines, shall be stored in a magazine above ground which shall be placed not less than 300 feet distant from any shaft, adit, or other mining entrance, boiler, engine house, habitation, public highway or public railway. Provided, however, that in cases where the location of any mining property makes it impracticable to comply with the provisions of this Section the inspector may grant permission in writing to the operator of such mining property, to locate such magazine in some other place, if, in the opinion of the said inspector, such location be not dangerous to the safety of the mine employees or the public.
    Every magazine above the ground shall be fire proof and water proof and shall be constructed of bullet-proof material. It shall be provided with mounds of earth, which shall be free from stones over one inch in diameter and shall not be less than 2 feet thick on such side or sides as are in the line with any shaft, adit, or other mine entrance, boiler, engine house, habitation, public highway or public railway, and which are not protected by natural features of the ground and such mound of earth or intervening natural feature or both shall be of sufficient height so that a line drawn from the top of any wall of the magazine to any part of the shaft, adit, mine entrance or structure to be protected, or to a point not less than 10 feet above the center of such public railway, shall pass through such mound of earth or intervening natural object. The floors of all such magazines shall be laid with sound boards, free from knots, tongued and grooved and not to exceed 6 inches in width. All nails in the interior of the magazine shall be countersunk. The ground around such magazine shall be kept free from rubbish, dead grass, shrubbery, or other encumbrances and no person shall be allowed to loiter about such place. No electric wires, matches, fire, candles, oil or gas for illuminating purposes, shall be permitted within any surface magazine or closer than 10 feet of the explosives stored therein.
    Magazines shall be ventilated, and the openings for ventilation shall be so constructed that sparks of fire may not enter therein, magazines shall at all times be kept clean and dry and free from grit. Before any alterations are made to any part thereof, all explosives shall be carefully removed and the magazine thoroughly washed out. All tools and instruments used in making repairs shall be of wood, copper, brass or other soft metal or material. In no case shall nails or screws be driven into a magazine or into material that has once formed a part of the magazine, and all wooden parts discarded shall be burned in a safe place immediately.
    All detonators shall be stored above ground in a suitable magazine or magazines, properly protected against molestation: Provided, that a sufficient supply for the needs of the mine during 48 hours may be stored underground as hereinafter stated. No detonator shall be stored within 100 feet of other explosives underground or within 300 feet of other explosives above ground. No detonator shall be taken into any magazine containing other explosives. No fuses shall be capped with detonators in any magazine or in any other place where detonators or other explosives are stored, but special benches shall be provided, at least 50 feet from such storage places, where all fuses shall be capped. Cap crimpers shall be furnished in sufficient quantity to avoid the necessity of crimping in any other way. No detonator shall be transported with other explosives except when made into a primer with such other explosives. All primers shall be exploded within 10 hours after making. Not more than 1,000 detonators shall be kept underground in any one level at any time. Fuse shall not be stored underground for a longer period than 72 hours.
    When supplies of explosives or fuse are removed from a magazine those that have been longest in the magazine shall be taken first. Packages of explosives shall be removed to a safe distance from the magazine before being opened, and no such packages shall be opened with any metallic instrument, other than copper or brass.
    Any failure on the part of the operator of any mine coming within the provisions of this Act to carry out and enforce any or all of the requirements of this Section shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor and shall be punished as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/26

    (225 ILCS 710/26) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4233)
    Sec. 26. It shall be unlawful for the operator or superintendent of any mine to permit the use, within such mine of any explosives, or any blasting caps or detonators, or fuse, unless there shall be plainly printed or marked, in the English language, on every original package containing explosives, the name and place of business of the manufacturer of such explosives, the date of its manufacture and its strength; and on every original package containing such fuse the name and place of business of the manufacturer of such fuse, the date of its manufacture, and its rate of burning; and on every original package containing blasting caps or detonators the name and place of business of the manufacturer of such blasting caps or detonators and the date of their manufacture.
(Source: Laws 1921, p. 525.)

225 ILCS 710/27

    (225 ILCS 710/27) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4234)
    Sec. 27. Blasting. It shall be unlawful to use anything but wooden tamping rods in tamping explosives or tamping material in the bore holes, and it shall be the duty of the mine foreman to see that no iron or steel tools are used for tamping. Detonators of not less strength than No. 6 containing 1 gram of fulminating composition, shall be used in firing blasts. It shall be the duty of the mine foreman to fix the time of all blasting and firing. Miners about to fire shots shall cause warning to be given in every direction and all entrances to the place or places where charges are to be fired shall be guarded, so far as possible, by people; otherwise by signs, which shall be such as will not fail to attract the attention of anybody passing.
    The number of explosives in every blast, except in case of simultaneous firing or blasts in stopes, shall be counted by the person firing the same, and if the total number of explosions is less than the number of charges fired, a report of the discrepancy shall be made as the superintendent shall direct. When a blast has been fired and it is not certain that all the charges have exploded, no person shall enter the place where such charges were placed within 30 minutes after the explosion.
    When electricity is used to fire shots, it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to enter the vicinity of the place where such shots have been fired until the cable from the source of electrical energy to the face of the blast shall have been disconnected. It shall be the duty of the mine foreman to see that all such cables are disconnected immediately after such firing and to examine or direct the examination of such place where shots have been fired before any people are permitted to work therein. All miners shall immediately report to the proper authority the finding of any loose wires under or in the rock loosened by such firing and in such event the mine foreman or, in his or her absence, the shift boss or other properly constituted authority, shall at once order work to cease until such wires have been disconnected or removed.
    It shall be unlawful to use electricity from any grounded circuit for firing shots. It shall be the duty of the mine foreman to see that special precautions are taken against the shot-firing cables or wires coming into contact with the lighting, power, or other circuits, or with any metal pipe lines. All portable devices for generating or supplying electricity for shot firing shall, when in the mine be in charge of the mine foreman. No person, other than the mine foreman or some competent employee especially designated by him or her, shall connect the firing machine or battery to the shot firing leads, and such connection shall not be made until all other steps preparatory to the firing of a shot shall have been connected. The primary or secondary batteries used for shot firing shall be provided with a suitable case in which all contacts shall be made or broken except that the binding post for making connections to the firing leads may be outside. These binding posts shall be completely covered with insulating material of a permanent character, such as hard rubber, or fibre, except at the points where the firing leads make connection with the binding posts. Such batteries shall be provided with a detachable plug or key without which the detonating circuit cannot be closed, or provided with one or more safety contact buttons that are well countersunk or protected by a non-conducting housing. The plug or key shall be detached when not actually in use for firing a shot, and shall not under any circumstances pass from the custody of the mine foreman.
    Electricity from light or power circuits shall not be used for firing shots in a mine, except where the electrical connections to such light or power circuits are made within an enclosed switch room, which shall be kept securely locked and shall be accessible only to the authorized mine foreman or other competent person especially designated by him or her.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/28.01

    (225 ILCS 710/28.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4236)
    Sec. 28.01. Hoisting engineers. It shall be the duty of every superintendent of every mine having a hoisting engine to appoint and designate one or more persons to be known as hoisting engineers. Only licensed engineers shall be permitted to hoist or lower people in a shaft where either (1) the hoist is driven by a motor, engine, or machine having a capacity of more than 50 horsepower, (2) such hoisting engineer is required to care for, attend, or supervise a steam boiler in addition to his or her duties as a hoisting engineer, or (3) the rope speed for hoisting or lowering people exceeds the rate of 300 feet per minute. For hoisting material, and for hoisting and lowering people in shafts other than those hereinabove specified, the hoisting engineer need not be licensed. Hoisting engineers shall be licensed by the Department of Natural Resources or by an inspector designated by the Department. Such license shall be issued to, and only to, any person 21 years or more of age with actual hoisting experience of 6 months, at an average of 10 hours per week, or its equivalent, devoted to hoisting, who has knowledge of the laws relating to signals, and is of good moral character and temperate habits, provided, however, that whenever a hoisting engineer is required to care for, attend or supervise a steam boiler in addition to his or her duties as a hoisting engineer, his or her license shall specifically state his or her capacity so to do, and in addition to the qualifications above specified for hoisting engineers, he or she shall also have had 2 years' experience as a fireman or engineer attending or operating a steam boiler of a type similar to that the applicant proposes to handle, and be able to pass an examination by the Department as to knowledge and ability to care for, attend, or supervise steam boilers of the type the applicant proposes to handle, and the license in such case may be restricted to operation of particular equipment. Any superintendent failing to appoint hoisting engineers in accordance with the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a violation of this Act.
    Notwithstanding the foregoing provision, a license shall be issued to every hoisting engineer who, on the effective date of this Act, was employed as a hoisting engineer to hoist or lower people in any mine shaft where either (1) the hoist is driven by a motor engine or machine having a capacity of more than 50 horsepower, (2) the hoisting engineer is required to care for, attend or supervise a steam boiler in addition to his or her duties as a hoisting engineer, or (3) the rope speed for hoisting or lowering people exceeds the rate of 300 feet per minute.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/29

    (225 ILCS 710/29) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4237)
    Sec. 29. Conveyances; rules. The superintendent of the mine shall establish for each shaft rates of speed for the cages, skips, buckets or other conveyances that shall not be exceeded in the hoisting or lowering of people, and he or she shall post a notice of such limitation in a conspicuous place near each hoisting engine: Provided, that the speed so permitted shall not be greater than 500 feet per minute in the case of shafts of less than 500 feet in depth, and not greater than 800 feet per minute in the case of shafts between 500 and 1000 feet in depth, and in shafts of more than 1000 feet in depth not more than one half the speed normally employed in hoisting material: Provided further, that in the case of inclined shafts the classification herein made shall be determined by the measurement of their slope.
    The superintendent of the mine shall determine the maximum number of people that in his or her judgment may safely ride on each cage, skip, bucket, or other conveyance used in the mine under his or her supervision and shall post in a conspicuous place near each shaft a notice stating the maximum number of persons so permitted to ride and forbidding the carrying of any greater number. At the beginning of each shift the mine foreman or shift boss, or some other responsible person appointed by the superintendent, shall be stationed on the loading platform at the top of the shaft and shall prevent any greater number of people than that permitted by order of the superintendent to enter upon or into any cage, skip, bucket, or other conveyances and shall remain at this station until the last person about to descend the shaft shall have entered the cage, skip, bucket, or other conveyance. And at the end of the shift, the people in charge of work on each level of the mine from which men are to be hoisted shall be posted in the station of the shaft at that level and shall prevent any greater number of people than the maximum permitted by the superintendent of the mine to enter upon or into any cage, skip, bucket, or other conveyance and shall remain in this station until the last person to ascend shall have entered upon or into the cage, skip, bucket, or other conveyance.
    In every mine operated on 2 or more levels in which 100 or more people are employed underground and in which the people are hoisted or lowered by cage or other conveyance except a bucket, such cage or other conveyance shall be operated under the charge of a person appointed as conductor, and no person other than this conductor shall give any signal for the movement of the cage or other conveyance.
    In hoisting or lowering people with a bucket, the speed, except in the case of apprehended danger, shall not exceed 200 feet per minute when the bucket is within 100 feet of the surface or 500 feet per minute in any other part of the shaft.
    The superintendent of the mine shall be responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/30

    (225 ILCS 710/30) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4238)
    Sec. 30. Headframe for hoisting rope. The sheave carrying the hoisting rope shall be placed upon a headframe so designed as to resist a pull in the direction of the hoisting engine greater than the breaking stress of the hoisting rope employed. The headframe shall be of sufficient height to allow room for a set of automatic safety chairs, and also for a humble hook in connection with the hoisting rope or some equally practicable device for releasing the hoisting rope in case of over-winding.
    The operator of a mine employing more than 100 people underground shall install upon the headframe both a rope-releasing device and a set of automatic chairs to hold the cage, skip, or man car in case the hoisting rope is broken or released through over-winding. Such safety chairs shall be placed at such distance below the releasing device as will equal 3 feet more than the height from the bottom of the cage, skip or man car to the clevis at its top. Immediately below the sheave a strong stop shall be put in to prevent the cage, skip or man car from being drawn over the sheave.
    The operator of a mine employing more than 100 people underground shall install in every shaft in which people are hoisted by cage, skip or man car, a device which shall give a warning signal in the engine room whenever the cage or skip in ascending reaches a point 100 feet below the collar of the shaft. This device shall be independent of the usual indicator or any other device directly connected with the hoisting engine.
    Provided, however, that the rope releasing device, safety chairs, and the warning signal required by the terms of this Section need not be installed if the hoisting engine is equipped with a device that will automatically stop the engine if the cage, skip, or man car passes a certain point, and provided further that such automatic stopping device be kept constantly in good working order.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/31

    (225 ILCS 710/31) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4239)
    Sec. 31. The following rules shall be observed by every hoisting engineer employed within this State.
    Rule 1. It shall be the duty of every hoisting engineer to keep a careful watch over his or her engine and over all the machinery under his or her charge.
    Rule 2. He or she shall at all times be in immediate charge of his or her engine, and shall not at any time delegate any of his or her duties to any other person, except to apprentices duly designated, as provided in this Act: however, nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent any hoisting engineer from delegating to or sharing his or her duties with any other duly appointed hoisting engineer, or turning over the engine and machinery in his or her charge to any other such engineer at the end of his or her shift.
    Rule 3. He or she shall familiarize himself or herself with and use all signal codes for hoisting and lowering as directed to be used in this Act.
    Rule 4. He or she shall not run his or her engine unless the same is properly provided with brakes, indicators, and distance marks on hoisting ropes or cables, as provided in this Act.
    Rule 5. It shall be the duty of the hoisting engineers to exclude every person from his or her engine-room, excepting any person or persons whose duties require their presence therein, and visitors authorized by the superintendent of the mine.
    Rule 6. He or she shall hold no conversation with any one while his or her engine is in motion or while attending to signals.
    Rule 7. He or she shall run his or her engine with extreme caution whenever persons are being hoisted or lowered.
    Rule 8. He or she shall not hoist persons out of, or lower persons into, any mine or shaft at a speed greater than the rate posted in the engine-room by the superintendent of the mine.
    Rule 9. He or she shall daily inspect all hoisting machinery and safety appliances connected therewith and all ropes and hoisting apparatus, when and as directed by the mine superintendent, and shall report to him or her any defects found therein.
    Rule 10. After any stoppage of hoisting for repairs or for any other purpose exceeding in duration one hour, he or she shall run a bucket, skip, cage or other conveyance, on which no persons shall ride, up and down the working part of the shaft at least once, and shall not permit the bucket, skip, cage, or other conveyance to be used for hoisting or lowering persons until the hoisting machinery and shaft shall have been found to be in safe condition.
    Rule 11. He or she shall do no hoisting in any compartment of a shaft while repairs are being made in the hoisting compartment, except, such hoisting as may be necessary to make such repairs.
    Rule 12. He or she shall land the bucket, skip, cage, or other conveyance either at the top or at the bottom of the shaft before turning over the charge of the engine to his or her relief at change of shift, or at any other time.
    Rule 13. Upon receiving the blasting signal the engineer shall answer by raising the bucket, skip, cage, or other conveyance a few feet and letting it back slowly; and then upon receiving the signal of one bell he or she shall hoist the persons away from the blast.
    Rule 14. He or she shall familiarize himself or herself with and carry out the requirements of Sections 46.04 and 46.05 of this Act.
    Rule 15. Any hoisting engineer or any person having in charge the hoisting machinery connected with the mine who shall willfully violate any of the provisions of this section, or any of the rules contained therein, or who shall willfully violate any of the provisions of Sections 46.04 and 46.05 of this Act, shall upon conviction be deemed guilty of a violation of this act and shall be liable to punishment accordingly.
    Rule 16. The superintendent shall post a copy of this section and a copy of section 30 in a conspicuous place on the door of the engine house.
(Source: P.A. 83-333.)

225 ILCS 710/32

    (225 ILCS 710/32) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4240)
    Sec. 32. Hoisting rope; material. It shall be unlawful to use, in any mine, any rope or cable for hoisting or lowering either people or material, when such hoisting or lowering is done by any means other than human or animal power, unless such rope or cable shall be composed of metal wires, with a factor of safety determined as hereinafter set forth. Provided, however, that such metal wires may be laid around a hemp center.
    A factor of safety of all such ropes or cables when newly installed in shafts less than 3,000 feet deep shall in no case be less than 6 and shall be calculated by dividing the breaking strength of the rope, as given in the manufacturers' published tables, by the sum of the maximum load to be hoisted, plus the total weight of the rope in the shaft when fully let out.
    It shall be unlawful to use any rope or cable for the raising or lowering of men when its factor of safety, based on its existing strength and dead load, shall have fallen below 4.5.
    It shall be unlawful to use any rope or cable of the so-called 6 by 19 standard construction for the raising or lowering of people, either when the number of broken wires in one lay of said rope exceeds 6 or when the wires on the crown of the strands are worn down to less than 65 per cent of their original diameter, or when the superficial inspection provided for in this Section shows marked designs of corrosion: Provided, however, that when such broken wires are reduced by wear more than 30 per cent in cross section, the number of breaks in any lay of the rope shall not exceed 3.
    The superintendent of a mine shall keep a record of every hoisting rope used at the mine or mines in his charge, noting the length and cross-sectional dimensions of the rope, the construction of the rope, the kind of core, the number of strands, the construction of the strands, the number of wires per strand, the class of steel of which the wires are made, the breaking stress of such steel, the breaking load of the rope, the name and address of the maker, the date of manufacture, the date of purchase, the date when put in use, the designation of the shaft and compartment in which the rope is used, the dates of resocketing, reclipping, reclamping, recapping, and shortening, the length of rope cut off at each such operation; the dates of reversing ends, and the date when discarded. A copy of this record shall be filed with the inspector of mines.
    It shall be unlawful to use any hoisting rope after 3 years from the time of its installment, irrespective of whether use of the rope in the interval has been continuous or intermittent, unless a piece be cut off from the socket end of said rope and subjected to an actual breaking test in the laboratory of a responsible rope manufacturer or a testing laboratory of recognized standing and shall be found thus to be above the minimum limit of strength as prescribed in this Section.
    Every hoisting rope whereof the hook for connecting with the skip, cage, bucket, or other conveyance is made by means of a babbitted or zinc-filled socket, must be re-socketed at frequent intervals, at least 6 feet of the rope being cut off, and every rope whereof the connection be made by clamps or clips must be reclamped or reclipped with the same frequency as herein specified for sockets, at least 6 feet of the rope being cut off at each time: Provided that if the expected rope life based on previous experiences, be less than 10 months the resocketing must be done every month. And provided further, that if the expected life be between 10 and 15 months, the resocketing must be done every 2 months; if between 15 and 21 months, the resocketing must be done every 3 months; if between 21 and 24 months, the resocketing must be done every 3 1/2 months, and if over 24 months, the resocketing must be done every 6 months.
    When a new hoisting rope is installed, it must be run for at least 10 trips under full load before it is used for lowering or hoisting people and after each resocketing, reclipping, reclamping, or recapping, every rope shall be similarly run for at least 4 trips before it is used for lowering or hoisting people.
    All ropes shall be superficially inspected once in every 24 hours by some competent person designated for that purpose by the superintendent. It shall be the duty of the superintendent to cause an examination to be made whenever a rope is resocketed, reclamped, or reclipped, by cutting off from the lower end of such rope a section not less than 6 feet in length and having such section carefully examined both exteriorly and interiorly for corrosion and breaks. If upon any inspection such hoisting rope or cable shall be found to be below the requirements set forth in this Section, it shall be disused for such purpose forthwith, and any operator or superintendent using or permitting the use of such hoisting rope or cable for the purpose of hoisting or lowering people thereafter shall be deemed guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and shall be punished as hereinafter provided.
    Every rope used for hoisting or lowering people or material shall be securely fastened to its drum or reel and when in use shall never be fully unwound; at least 2 full turns shall remain always on the drum or reel. The end of the rope attached to the conveyance in the shaft shall either be securely fastened within a tapered socket or else it shall be bound around an oval thimble and then fastened to itself by such number of clips or clamps as will develop at least 80 per cent of the strength of the rope and the rope connection shall be maintained at least at that point of efficiency.
    Every hoisting rope shall be treated with oil or some suitable rope compound at least once every month. Such compound shall be chemically neutral and shall be of such consistency as to penetrate the strand and not merely cover the surface of the rope.
    Provided, that the terms of this Section, however, shall not apply to the hoisting and lowering of people in shafts over 3,000 feet deep: Provided further, that the terms of this Section shall not apply to the hoisting or lowering of water or other materials in shafts used exclusively for that purpose and whereof no compartment is used for the hoisting or lowering of people. If any shaft exempted by this proviso has a compartment for pipes or any other purpose than hoisting, and repairs or the attention of workers may be required in such compartment, hoisting through the shaft must be suspended while the people are in it.
    The depth of incline shafts shall be taken as the vertical depth measured from the shaft collar.
(Source: P.A. 87-895; 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/33

    (225 ILCS 710/33) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4241)
    Sec. 33. Iron-bonneted safety cages. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any mine to permit the hoisting or lowering of people through a vertical shaft deeper than 300 feet unless an iron-bonneted safety cage be used for the hoisting and lowering of such men, but this provision shall not apply to shafts in process of sinking.
    It shall be the duty of the operator to have all cages in which people are hoisted and lowered used in such shafts over 300 feet deep, constructed as follows: The bonnet shall be of 2 steel plates, 3/16 of an inch in thickness, sloping toward each side, and so arranged that they may be readily pushed upward to afford egress to persons therein, and such bonnet shall cover the top of the cage in such manner as to protect persons on the cage from objects falling into the shaft. The cage shall be provided with sheet iron or steel side casing not less than 1/8 of an inch thick, or with a netting composed of wire not less than 1/8 of an inch in diameter and not less than 3 1/2 feet in height, and with gates of not less than 3 1/2 feet in height and made of the same material as the side casing, either hung on hinges or working in slides, or with a bar in lieu of a gate, such bar being not less than 3 1/2 nor more than 4 feet above the cage bottom. Provided, however, that nothing herein shall be constructed as requiring the use of such gates or bars on cages when people are not being hoisted or lowered thereon, or when the number of people thereon does not exceed 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the cage, determined as provided in Section 29. Every cage shall have overhead bars of such arrangement as to give every person on the cage an easy and secure hand hold. Every cage shall be provided with a safety catch of sufficient strength to hold the cage or skip with its maximum load at any point in the shaft in the event that the hoisting cable should break.
    The failure of the operator of any mine to comply with the provisions of this Section within 90 days after its passage shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor and shall be punished as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/34

    (225 ILCS 710/34) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4242)
    Sec. 34. All boilers used for generating steam in and about mines shall be kept in good order, and the operator or superintendent shall have them examined and inspected by a qualified person, not a regular employee of said operator, as often as once in six months, and oftener if the inspector shall deem it necessary. Provided, that inspection by any boiler insurance company in good standing shall be considered equivalent to an examination by such qualified outside person. The result of such examination, of the person making such examination, shall be certified in writing by the operator to the inspector within 30 days thereafter. It shall be the duty of the operator to provide each boiler with a safety valve of sufficient area for the steam to escape, and with weights or springs properly adjusted and with a steam gage and water gages; and another steam gage shall be attached to the steam pipe in the engine house. All steam gages shall be placed in such position that the engineer or fireman can readily examine them and see what pressure is carried. All steam gages shall be kept in good order, and shall be tested and adjusted as often as once in every six months and their condition reported to the inspector in the same manner as the report of the boiler inspection.
    Every receiver, tank, or other receptacle, except transmission pipe, used for storing compressed air at a greater gage pressure than 40 pounds per square inch, which has a capacity exceeding 6 cubic feet, shall be capable of withstanding a gage pressure of 50 per cent greater than that normally allowed by the safety valve to exist in such receptacle. Every such receptacle shall be inspected with the same frequency and in the same manner as herein provided for the inspection of boilers. Every such receptacle shall be blown out at least once in every 24 hours, so as to remove all accumulations of grease, oil, or other material likely to cause an explosion. In no such receptacle shall the temperature be allowed to rise above 250 F.
    It shall be the duty of the operator to carry out the provisions of this section, and failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1921, p. 525.)

225 ILCS 710/35

    (225 ILCS 710/35) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4243)
    Sec. 35. All machinery used in or about the mine that when in motion would be dangerous to persons coming in contact therewith, such as engines, wheels, screens, shafting, gears, and belting, shall be guarded by a covering or railing so as to prevent persons from inadvertently walking against or falling upon the same. The sides of stairs, trestles, and dangerous plank walks, gangways, and platforms in and around the mine shall be provided with hand and guard railing to prevent persons from falling over the sides. This section shall not forbid the temporary removal of a fence, guard rail, or covering for the purpose of repairs or other operations, if proper precaution is used, and if the fence, guard rail, or covering be replaced immediately thereafter.
    It shall be the duty of the operator to carry out the provisions of this section, and failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1921, p. 525.)

225 ILCS 710/36

    (225 ILCS 710/36) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4244)
    Sec. 36. No youth under the age of 18 shall be permitted to do any manual labor in or about any mine, and before any youth can be permitted to work in any mine an affidavit from his or her parent or guardian or next of kin, sworn and subscribed to before a notary public, that the youth is 18 years of age shall be given to the mine manager or operator.
    The parent, guardian or next of kin shall submit in connection with such affidavit a certificate of birth, a baptismal certificate, a passport or other official or religious record of the youth's age or duly attested transcript thereof, which certificate or transcript thereof shall, for the purposes of this Act, establish the age of the youth.
    Any person swearing falsely in regard to the age of a youth shall be guilty of perjury, and shall be punished as provided by law for that offense.
(Source: P.A. 80-357.)

225 ILCS 710/37

    (225 ILCS 710/37) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4245)
    Sec. 37. Required mine outlets. It shall be the duty of every operator of every mine, except as hereinafter provided, to maintain at least 2 outlets to the surface from such mine, or an under-ground communicating passageway between every such mine and some other neighboring mine, so that there shall be at all times at least 2 distinct and available means of access to the surface to all persons employed in such mine. Such outlets shall not be less than 100 feet apart and there shall be between them a space not less than 50 feet in width free of buildings or inflammable structures or material. Provided, however, should unusual conditions be encountered in any mine which, in the opinion of the Inspector, makes compliance with this Section impossible for the time being written permission may be granted by the Department of Natural Resources to continue operating only for the limited period of time necessary and for the purpose only of relieving, overcoming, or removing such conditions which prevent compliance.
    Where 2 openings to the surface shall not have been provided as aforesaid, it shall be the duty of the Inspector to order in writing, served upon the operator or superintendent of such mine, a second opening to be made without delay by the operator of said mine and in the event of the operator of such mine failing forthwith to commence and prosecute the making of a second opening within 20 days after the service of said order, or in the event of the Inspector deeming any mine having only one such opening to be dangerous to the lives and health of those employed therein. The Inspector is hereby empowered to order work stopped in any part of the mine, or in the entire mine and to order the immediate withdrawal of any and all employees from the danger area. The Inspector shall then immediately notify the Department of Natural Resources of the situation and it may institute an action for an injunction to close said mine as provided for in Section 10 of this Act.
    Provided, however, that as to all mines which are in operation on the effective date of this amendment, the above requirements shall not apply in case of (a) shafts or mines in process of being connected, to comply with the terms of this Section; (b) shafts, winzes, adits, levels, tunnels, and drifts to prospect for and develop mineral substances, but not for the extraction of mineral substances, except such as may be extracted in the course of such prospecting and development work; (c) any mine in which one of the shafts or outlets shall have temporarily become unavailable for the persons employed in the mine, and in which every effort is being made by the operator in the mine to open such temporarily unavailable outlet, and provided the same is not, in the opinion of the Inspector dangerous to life and health of those employed therein; (d) mines having workings less than 100 feet deep and extending less than 500 feet from the shaft in any direction, but not mines opened primarily by an adit, level, or tunnel; and (e) mines opened by an adit, level, tunnel, or drift less than 1,000 feet in length; and provided further, that mines opened by an inclined shaft if less than 20 angle from the horizontal shall be considered for the purpose of this Section and Act as equivalent to a mine opened by an adit, level, tunnel, or drift.
    Provided, further, that any prospecting or development property opened by a timbered shaft and exempt under exception (b) from providing two outlets to the surface shall not permit more than 50 people to work underground at any one time, unless such shafts be provided with a water sprinkling system.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/38

    (225 ILCS 710/38) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4246)
    Sec. 38. In every mine, where, under the provisions of section 38 of this Act, only one outlet is required and where a single shaft affords the only means of ingress and egress to persons employed underground, such shafts if more than 200 feet deep shall be divided into at least two compartments. One of said compartments shall be set aside for uses as a ladderway and no hoisting conveyance shall be allowed therein. Whenever such ladderway compartment shall be covered by a non-fireproof building, it shall be the duty of the operator of said mine to cause said ladder-way to be securely bulkheaded at a point at least 25 feet below the collar of the shaft; and below this bulkhead a passageway shall be driven to the surface so as to have its outlet in no case less than 30 feet beyond the walls of the building covering the main shaft. The said passageway shall be equipped with a ladderway when necessary, as provided in sections 45.32 to 45.39, each inclusive, and shall be kept in good repair and shall afford an easy exit in the event of fire. Every mine opened by adit, level or tunnel or by an inclined shaft or slope of less than 20 angle from the horizontal, which is less than 1,000 feet in length, shall have a similar side outlet. A failure on the part of the operator of any mine coming within the provisions of this section to carry out or cause to be carried out the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 1791.)

225 ILCS 710/39

    (225 ILCS 710/39) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4247)
    Sec. 39. Combustible structures over shaft prohibited. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any mine after the passage of this Act to erect any combustible structure over the shaft, tunnel or other mine opening, except headframes necessary for hoisting from such shaft or other mine opening, and the hatch or door necessary for closing such shaft or other mine opening. Provided, however, that a housing of noninflammable and fireproof material may be erected over any shaft, tunnel or other mine opening to protect the people working at such point.
    It shall be the duty of every operator to provide every adit, tunnel, inclined shaft, or slope of less than 20 angle from the horizontal, the mouth of which is covered by a building or house of any kind, with a door near the mouth of such adit, tunnel, inclined shaft, or slope of less than 20 angle from the horizontal that can be closed from outside of the building by a pull-wire or cable in the event of fire.
    In every timbered mine in which more than 100 people are employed underground there shall be in each drift or other working leading from any shaft used as a manway, a metal or metal-covered door suitably hung at a place in the drift or other working not more than 75 feet distant from the shaft from which such working leads. Such doors shall be so set that when closed they may be quickly made airtight, and for the purpose of sealing them there shall be kept in close proximity to each door a suitable quantity of moist earth or moist clay. Such door must swing inward toward the shaft and no such door shall be fitted with any catch that will prevent its being readily pushed open by a person from the other side.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/40

    (225 ILCS 710/40) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4248)
    Sec. 40. Outlet by ladder required. It shall be the duty of the operator of every mine to provide, in addition to any mechanical means of ingress or egress, at least one means of outlet for the miners by means of ladders from the lowest working of the mine to the surface. All ladders and ladderways constructed after the passage of this Act shall be built as prescribed in rules 33 to 40 of Section 46 of this Act. All ascending and descending manways through stopes and every shaft, winze, raise or incline, steeper than 35 degrees from the horizontal, through which people are obliged to pass, shall be provided with ladders and ladderways as specified in this Section: Provided, however, that where the slope of the working place is such as to permit the installation of stairways that can be easily and safely traversed, such stairways may be substituted for ladders.
    Every exit or outlet from a mine shall be marked with signboards plainly showing the direction to be taken wherever more than one course is possible: Provided, however, that no signboards shall be necessary where the exit or outlet does not branch or fork.
    Every such exit or outlet shall be marked by colored electric lights wherever signboards are required, as herein specified, and an electric lighting circuit is available within 25 feet. Such lights shall have a color distinct from all other underground lights.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/41

    (225 ILCS 710/41) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4249)
    Sec. 41. Ventilation. The operator of every mine, whether operated by shaft, slope, tunnel, adit, level, or drift, shall provide and maintain for every such mine a good and sufficient amount of ventilation for such people and animals as may be employed therein, and shall cause an adequate quantity of pure air to circulate through and into all the shafts, winzes, levels and all the working places of such mine.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/42

    (225 ILCS 710/42) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4250)
    Sec. 42. Water closets. It shall be the duty of the operator of every mine, for the purpose of improving the sanitation thereof and preserving the health of those employed therein, to provide dry closets, water closets, or closet cars upon all main working levels for the use of all men and women employed in the mine. At least one such closet shall be provided for every 25 men employed within the mine and one for every 25 women. Ready means of access to each closet shall be provided by the operator. No closet shall be constructed without adequate provision for the effectual cleansing and removing of the contents thereof, which shall be removed and disposed of at least once in every day. It shall be the duty of the mine foreman to cause each dry closet to be supplied with some disinfectant or deodorizer to be sprinkled upon the contents thereof. It shall be the duty of all people employed within any mine where such closets are provided to use such closets exclusively when in the mine and the neglect or failure of any people employed in a mine to use such closets when provided shall constitute a misdemeanor. The neglect or failure of the operator of any mine to provide closets as required by this Section shall constitute a misdemeanor: Provided, however, that this Section shall not apply to any mine where the operator or superintendent prefers to permit the people to go to the surface, and requires the people so to do.
    Every stable or other place underground used for the housing of mules, horses, or other animals shall be thoroughly cleaned and the waste contents thereof removed to the surface at least every 24 hours.
    It shall also be the duty of the operator of every mine to provide a good quality of drinking water for the use of all people employed in the mine, a supply of which shall be provided on each main working level, and it shall be the further duty of the superintendent to cause such supply of drinking water to be adequately protected from contamination by dust and from promiscuous drinking from the supply vessel on the part of the people.
    It shall be the duty of the inspector of mines to see that the provisions of this Section are complied with, and in the event of noncompliance to institute the proper proceedings under Section 50 of this Act.
    The operator of every mine employing more than 50 people underground shall provide a dressing room or change house for the purpose of drying the clothing of the people employed in and about the mine, and such dressing room or change house shall be provided with adequate means of heating and lighting. Such dressing room or change house shall be available free of cost, at all reasonable hours. Separate dressing rooms or change houses shall be provided for men and women.
    Every person employed in a mine who damages or misuses, or fails to use when necessary, any appliances for the prevention of dust, fumes, or smoke, or any other sanitary appliances provided by the operator shall be deemed guilty of an offense under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/43

    (225 ILCS 710/43) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4251)
    Sec. 43. Roof inspections. In all mines where stoping is done by the opening of chambers, the roof thereof being supported only by the walls of the chambers, or by pillars, it shall be the duty of the superintendent of the mine to detail a competent person to make a frequent inspection of the roof of those parts of the mine where people are employed, and said people so detailed shall be charged with the duty of dislodging any slabs or rock in said roof that have become loose. While such dislodging is being effected, the floor of the stope immediately beneath such loose rock shall be fenced off or otherwise adequately guarded: Provided, however, that it shall be the duty of every miner to care for the roof of the place where he or she is working.
    It shall also be the duty of the superintendent of the mine to cause daily inspection to be made by a competent person detailed for such purpose, of the roofs of stopes, inclined shafts, inclined winzes, and other workings used, and of the sides of shafts and winzes when any of these are used as traveling ways, and of the roofs of all drifts, adit levels, tunnels, and gangways, and that the person so detailed shall make the place safe.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/44

    (225 ILCS 710/44) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4252)
    Sec. 44. Whoever shall, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, enter any mine, or any of the buildings, connected with the operation of the same where miners or other workers are employed, or whoever shall carry intoxicating liquors into the same, shall be deemed guilty of an offense against this Act, and upon conviction shall be punished accordingly.
    Provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall prevent the carrying of an alcoholic spirits or liquor into such mine or buildings for the purpose of administering to any one injured therein.
(Source: P.A. 81-992.)

225 ILCS 710/45.01

    (225 ILCS 710/45.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4254)
    Sec. 45.01. The operator and superintendent of every mine shall use every precaution to insure the safety of the workers in the mine in all cases, whether provided for in this Act or not.
(Source: P.A. 81-992.)

225 ILCS 710/45.02

    (225 ILCS 710/45.02) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4255)
    Sec. 45.02. Assistants to the foreman. Whenever a mine foreman cannot personally carry out the provisions of this Act, so far as they pertain to him or her, the superintendent shall authorize him or her to employ a sufficient number of competent persons to act as his or her assistants, who shall be subject to his or her order, each of whom shall be known as "assistant mine foreman", and they shall carry on the duties of the mine foreman as directed by him or her and as prescribed in Section 20 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.03

    (225 ILCS 710/45.03) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4256)
    Sec. 45.03. Foreman; responsibility. The mine foreman shall have charge of carrying out or directing the carrying out of his or her duties as prescribed in Section 20 of this Act; and any superintendent who shall direct or cause a mine foreman to disregard the provisions of this Act shall be amenable in the same manner as the mine foreman.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.04

    (225 ILCS 710/45.04) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4257)
    Sec. 45.04. The mine foreman shall see that all dangerous places are properly fenced off and proper danger-signal boards are so hung on such fencing that they may be plainly seen.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.05

    (225 ILCS 710/45.05) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4258)
    Sec. 45.05. Loading and unloading cage. At all mines where hoisting is done by cage from 2 or more levels a person shall be employed whose duties shall be to load and unload the cage and to give the signals to the hoisting engineer. The superintendent shall be responsible for the enforcement of this rule.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.06

    (225 ILCS 710/45.06) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4259)
    Sec. 45.06. Cage tender; closing cage. The conductor, cage tender, or cage rider, required by the terms of Section 30 shall, when people are being hoisted or lowered, see that the gates or bars of the cage are closed before giving the signal to move the cage and shall be responsible for their closing.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.07

    (225 ILCS 710/45.07) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4260)
    Sec. 45.07. It shall be unlawful for any person to ride upon any cage, skip, or bucket that is loaded with tools, timber, powder or other material except for the purpose of assisting in passing such material through a shaft or incline, and then only after a special signal has been given.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.08

    (225 ILCS 710/45.08) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4261)
    Sec. 45.08. When tools, timber or other material are to be lowered or hoisted in a shaft, their ends, if projecting above the top of the bucket, skip or other vehicle shall be securely fastened to the hoisting rope or to the upper part of the vehicle and all tools, timber, or other material loaded upon a cage shall be securely lashed or otherwise secured before being lowered or hoisted.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.09

    (225 ILCS 710/45.09) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4262)
    Sec. 45.09. Lowering cage; prohibition. In no case shall a cage, skip or bucket or other vehicle be lowered directly to the bottom of the shaft when people are working there, but such cage, skip or bucket or other vehicle shall be stopped at least 15 feet above the bottom of such shaft until the signal to lower farther shall have been given to the hoisting engineer by one of the people at the bottom of the shaft; provided, however, that this rule shall not apply to shafts of less than 100 feet in depth.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.10

    (225 ILCS 710/45.10) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4263)
    Sec. 45.10. Shift making operations. During shift making operations no other work in any other place in the shaft shall be executed, nor shall any material or tools be hoisted or lowered from or to any other place in the shaft while people are at work in the bottom of the shaft unless the people are protected from the danger of falling material by a securely constructed covering extending over the whole area of the shaft, sufficient closable openings being left in the covering for the passage of people and the bucket or other conveyance used in the sinking operation.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.11

    (225 ILCS 710/45.11) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4264)
    Sec. 45.11. Whims in use at or in the mine shall be provided with a suitable stopper or some other reliable device to prevent running back of the bucket or other conveyance.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.12

    (225 ILCS 710/45.12) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4265)
    Sec. 45.12. All vertical shafts from which hoisting is done by means of a bucket shall be provided with suitable guides, and in connection with the bucket there shall be a cross head traveling upon these guides, the heights of which cross head shall be at least two-thirds of its width; provided, however, that the provisions of this rule shall not be applicable to any mine which is in operation on the effective date of this amendment.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.13

    (225 ILCS 710/45.13) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4266)
    Sec. 45.13. Every shaft, if exceeding 50 feet in depth shall be provided with an efficient means of interchanging distinct and definite signals between the lowest level and the top of the shaft and the various intermediate levels from which hoisting is being done. The signaling apparatus shall be a cord or wire actuating a knocker, bell or an electrical system.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.14

    (225 ILCS 710/45.14) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4267)
    Sec. 45.14. Special care shall be taken to keep the signaling apparatus in good order, and all proper precautions shall be taken to prevent electric signal and telephone wires from coming into contact with other electric conductions, whether insulated or not.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.15

    (225 ILCS 710/45.15) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4268)
    Sec. 45.15. It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with or impede any signaling in any mine, or knowingly to damage any signal system or knowingly to give or cause to be given any wrong signal within the mine or to ride upon any cage, skip, bucket, or other conveyance at a time when signals have been given informing the hoisting engineer that no person is so riding.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.16

    (225 ILCS 710/45.16) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4269)
    Sec. 45.16. Bell signals. The following signals shall be used: one bell, hoist (when engine is at rest); one bell, stop (when engine is in motion); 2 bells, lower; 3 bells, people on cage about to ascend or descend; 4 bells (when shaft sinking is in progress), blasting signals; 9 bells, or flashing of electric lights 9 times in quick succession, danger signal, all people to get out of the mine.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.17

    (225 ILCS 710/45.17) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4270)
    Sec. 45.17. Special signals in addition to the above, or signals in lieu thereof, may be used in any mine, provided they are easily distinguishable by their sound or otherwise, and do not interfere with them in any way.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.18

    (225 ILCS 710/45.18) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4271)
    Sec. 45.18. An easily legible copy of the above code, or of any special code adopted in any mine, shall be printed in letters at least one-half inch high, on a board or metal plate not less than 18 by 18 inches, and shall be securely posted in the engine room, at the collar of the shaft and at each level or station. The superintendent of the mine shall be responsible for the carrying out of this rule.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.19

    (225 ILCS 710/45.19) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4272)
    Sec. 45.19. The timbers in all manways in daily use shall be cleaned of all loose rock lodged upon them at least once in every 24 hours. Manways in daily use shall be kept clear of obstruction.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.20

    (225 ILCS 710/45.20) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4273)
    Sec. 45.20. Shafts to be securely timbered. Every shaft, incline, slope, tunnel, level or drift and any working place in the mine shall be, when necessary, kept securely timbered or protected to prevent injury to any person from falling material. It shall be the duty of the operator to carry out and enforce the provisions of this rule, but nothing contained herein shall be construed to relieve the miner from the duty of caring for his or her own working place, except as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.21

    (225 ILCS 710/45.21) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4274)
    Sec. 45.21. It shall be the duty of the operator to see that all miners in the mine are supplied at all times with such timbers as are necessary to keep their working places in a safe condition. For the purpose of this and the succeeding sections, the term "timbers" shall be held to include and mean all wood to be used by the miner, or all steel or concrete material used in lieu of timber.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.22

    (225 ILCS 710/45.22) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4275)
    Sec. 45.22. If for any cause, necessary timbers cannot be supplied to any miner when required, it shall be the duty of the mine foremen to instruct the miner or miners to vacate all such working places until supplied with the timbers needed, but nothing contained herein, shall be construed to relieve the operator of the duty of supplying such timber.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.23

    (225 ILCS 710/45.23) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4276)
    Sec. 45.23. All abandoned shafts, temporarily out of use, or shafts used only as airways, shall be securely covered or fenced and shall be so maintained. All mill holes, glory holes, or cavernous stopes opening to the surface shall be securely fenced and shall be so maintained if such mill holes, glory holes, or cavernous stopes are within 300 feet of a highway or thoroughfare. All other abandoned excavations whereof the side slopes more than 40 degrees from the horizontal, and whereof the depth is more than 10 feet, shall be securely fenced, but such fencing need be erected only at those places where such slope is in excess of 40 degrees, and all such fencing shall be maintained in good condition.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.24

    (225 ILCS 710/45.24) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4277)
    Sec. 45.24.
    Any wilful removal of, injury to, or destruction in whole or in part of, any covering or fences provided for in section 45.23 of this Act shall constitute a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2537.)

225 ILCS 710/45.25

    (225 ILCS 710/45.25) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4278)
    Sec. 45.25. Stationary lights shall be provided during the working hours of all shaft stations during the time the same are in actual use, and also at all stations on the levels where hoisting or hauling is effected by means of machinery and also at night at all places on the surface where work is being conducted, and at the head of any shafts not fenced or covered.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.26

    (225 ILCS 710/45.26) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4279)
    Sec. 45.26. All places where hoisting, pumping, or other machinery is erected and in the proximity of which persons employed in the mines are working or moving about shall be so lighted that the moving parts of such machinery can be clearly distinguished.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.27

    (225 ILCS 710/45.27) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4280)
    Sec. 45.27. In every mine in which mechanical haulage is employed there shall be at intervals of not more than 100 feet on each main haulage way, except in shafts, places of refuge affording a space of at least 2 feet in width between the widest portion of the car or train running on the tramway and the side of the haulageway. When electric trolley haulage is used or when there is a lighting circuit in the haulageway such places of refuge shall be marked by lights of a distinctive color, so placed as to be plainly visible from a distance of at least 50 feet in each direction in the haulageways.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.28

    (225 ILCS 710/45.28) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4281)
    Sec. 45.28. Every such place of refuge shall be kept constantly clear, and no refuse shall be placed therein and no persons shall in any way prevent access thereto.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.29

    (225 ILCS 710/45.29) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4282)
    Sec. 45.29. No raise shall be allowed to approach within 10 feet of any part of a winze, stope, or other opening in which there is dangerous accumulation of water, unless such winze or stope be first unwatered by bailing or pumping or by means of a bore from the raise.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.30

    (225 ILCS 710/45.30) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4283)
    Sec. 45.30. When advancing a drift, adit level, or incline toward a mine working that is suspected to be filled with water a bore hole shall be kept at least 15 feet in advance of the breast of the drive when in the vicinity of such mine working, and also, if necessary in directions laterally from the course of the drive, and such additional precautionary measures shall be taken as may be deemed necessary to obviate the danger of a sudden breaking through of water.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.31

    (225 ILCS 710/45.31) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4284)
    Sec. 45.31. In every mine where, in the opinion of the inspector of mines, there is danger of a sudden inburst of water, such additional raises, drifts, or other workings shall be constructed as are necessary in the opinion of the inspector, to insure the escape of workers from the lower workings.
(Source: P.A. 81-992.)

225 ILCS 710/45.32

    (225 ILCS 710/45.32) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4285)
    Sec. 45.32. As to all mines which are in operation on the effective date of this section, the distance between the center of the rungs of a ladder shall not exceed fourteen inches and shall not vary more than one-half inch in any one ladder way. As to all mines which are placed in operation after the effective date of this section, the distance between the center of the rungs of a ladder shall not exceed fourteen inches and shall not vary more than one-half inch in any one ladderway and said rungs shall be at least eighteen inches wide and of not less than one inch material free of all defects and shall be morticed into the two supporting timbers their full thickness.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.33

    (225 ILCS 710/45.33) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4286)
    Sec. 45.33. The rungs of a ladder shall in no case be less than 4 inches from the wall of the shaft or any opening in which the ladder shall be used.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.34

    (225 ILCS 710/45.34) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4287)
    Sec. 45.34. Every ladderway with an inclination of more than 45 degrees from the horizontal, the vertical distance between the top and the ascent and descent of persons working in the mines, shall have substantial platforms at intervals of not more than 20 feet measured vertically and the inclination of any ladder or section of a ladder shall not exceed 80 degrees from the horizontal.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.35

    (225 ILCS 710/45.35) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4288)
    Sec. 45.35. Platforms. All such platforms, except for an opening large enough to permit the passage of a person, shall be closely covered.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.36

    (225 ILCS 710/45.36) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4289)
    Sec. 45.36. Ladders shall project at least 3 feet above every platform in the ladderway and at least 3 feet above the collar of the shaft, unless hand rails shall be fixed at such places.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.37

    (225 ILCS 710/45.37) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4290)
    Sec. 45.37. In vertical workings not exceeding 100 feet in depth or height, ladders may be fixed vertically; no vertical ladders shall be used with a greater height or depth than 100 feet. Provided, however, that around every such vertical ladder, collars or platform shall be built which shall be not more than 20 feet apart and shall be constructed as provided by section 45.35 of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.38

    (225 ILCS 710/45.38) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4291)
    Sec. 45.38. Under no circumstances shall any ladder inclining backward from the vertical be installed.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.39

    (225 ILCS 710/45.39) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4292)
    Sec. 45.39. Ladderways shall be provided in all shafts in the course of sinking to within such a distance from the bottom as will secure them from damages by blasting. From the end of such ladderways, chain, wire rope or wooden extension ladders to reach to the bottom of the shaft shall be provided. Provided, however, if shots are fired by electricity, ladders shall not be required.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.40

    (225 ILCS 710/45.40) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4293)
    Sec. 45.40. It shall be the duty of the superintendent to enforce the carrying out of sections 45.32 to 45.39.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.41

    (225 ILCS 710/45.41) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4294)
    Sec. 45.41. All sumps shall be securely covered except when being cleaned or repaired or for similar purposes.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.42

    (225 ILCS 710/45.42) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4295)
    Sec. 45.42. In stopes timbered with square sets the working floors shall be closely and securely lagged over. Lagging shall be long enough to reach entirely across the caps or girts, or shall reach to the center of the cap or girt at each end and shall be spiked. Openings in the floor shall be protected by railings.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.43

    (225 ILCS 710/45.43) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4296)
    Sec. 45.43. Winzes opening directly from the floor of a drift or stope shall be kept covered by a substantial hatch, or shall be planked over, except when in use, or shall be barred off by a substantial railing not less than 3 1/2 feet nor more than 4 feet above the level of the floor, or shall be provided with a gangway not less than 10 inches wide, which gangway shall have a substantial hand railing not less than 3 1/2 feet nor more than 4 feet above the gangway, and the approaches to such gangway at either end shall be protected by a substantial railing not less than 3 1/2 feet nor more than 4 feet above the floor.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.44

    (225 ILCS 710/45.44) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4297)
    Sec. 45.44. Stopes opening directly from the floor of a drift shall be protected by a fence or a substantial hand rail not less than 3 1/2 feet nor more than 4 feet in height above the floor of the drift or such stopes shall be securely planked over.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.45

    (225 ILCS 710/45.45) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4298)
    Sec. 45.45. Drifts used as manways intersecting overhead workings through which material is dropped shall be closed to the passage of persons by a substantial rail not less than 3 1/2 feet nor more than 4 feet in height above the level of the drift, on each side of the working, whenever material is to be dropped through such working, and the drift shall be kept so closed during the period when the working is so in use.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.46

    (225 ILCS 710/45.46) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4299)
    Sec. 45.46. At all shaft stations a gate or guard rail not less than 3 1/2 feet or more than 4 feet above the floor shall be provided and kept in place across the shaft, except when the cage, skip, bucket or other conveyance is being loaded or unloaded thereat, but this prohibition shall not forbid the temporary removal of the gate or rail for the purpose of repairs or other operations, if proper precaution to prevent danger to persons be taken.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.47

    (225 ILCS 710/45.47) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4300)
    Sec. 45.47. The top of all shafts shall be protected by a tight fence or railing, which may be provided with the necessary gates or bars to give access to the shaft, but such gates or bars shall be kept closed when access to the shaft is not necessary.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.48

    (225 ILCS 710/45.48) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4301)
    Sec. 45.48. If hoisting be done from greater depth than 100 feet by means of a bucket, shaft doors shall be constructed that will prevent any material from falling into the shaft while the bucket is being dumped, and such doors shall be closed while the bucket is being dumped.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.49

    (225 ILCS 710/45.49) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4302)
    Sec. 45.49. All stations or levels shall have such a passage way through or around the working shaft that crossing through the hoisting compartment may be avoided; entering or crossing the hoisting compartment of a shaft except to ascend or for the purpose of effecting repairs is prohibited; before repairs are commenced the person in charge of directing the repairs shall inform the hoisting engineer of the nature thereof.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.50

    (225 ILCS 710/45.50) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4303)
    Sec. 45.50. The safety catches of cages shall be kept well oiled and in good working order, and shall be tested at least once a month. Such test shall consist of releasing the cage suddenly in some suitable manner so that the safety catches shall have an opportunity to grip the guides.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.51

    (225 ILCS 710/45.51) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4304)
    Sec. 45.51. Every mine thawing dynamite or other explosives containing nitroglycerine shall be provided with a separate place for that purpose on the surface or with a special underground chamber which shall be a separate drift or cross cut and it shall be unlawful to thaw explosives in any other place or in any manner other than provided for in Section 45.52.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.52

    (225 ILCS 710/45.52) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4305)
    Sec. 45.52. Dynamite or other explosives containing nitroglycerin shall not be thawed by any means other than a steam or hot water device, or by manure, or by electrical current. If steam or water be the agent employed, the stove, boiler, or other primary source of heat shall not be nearer to the thawing room than 10 feet. If electric current be the heating agent, the current shall not be brought within 10 feet of the explosives to be thawed.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.53

    (225 ILCS 710/45.53) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4306)
    Sec. 45.53. It shall be unlawful to thaw dynamite, or other explosive containing nitroglycerin, by placing it near a fire or near a steam boiler.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.54

    (225 ILCS 710/45.54) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4307)
    Sec. 45.54. It shall be unlawful to thaw dynamite or other explosives containing nitroglycerin, by direct contact with steam.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.55

    (225 ILCS 710/45.55) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4308)
    Sec. 45.55. It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to distribute frozen dynamite, or other explosives containing nitroglycerin, to any person working in any mine, unless such explosive is to be thawed in accordance with sections 45.52 to 45.54.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.56

    (225 ILCS 710/45.56) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4309)
    Sec. 45.56. It shall be unlawful to carry explosives on an electric locomotive, or in a car next to an electric locomotive or on a gasoline locomotive or in any car hauled by a gasoline locomotive.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.57

    (225 ILCS 710/45.57) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4310)
    Sec. 45.57. It shall be unlawful to place or leave explosives near live electric wires.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.58

    (225 ILCS 710/45.58) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4311)
    Sec. 45.58. No person shall remove any explosive from a mine without the written consent of the superintendent of the mine.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.59

    (225 ILCS 710/45.59) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4312)
    Sec. 45.59. No fuse shall be used in any mine that burns faster than 3 feet in 80 seconds or slower than 3 feet in 130 seconds. From every consignment of fuse received two coils shall be selected at random and pieces cut from such two coils shall be tested for rate of burning.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.60

    (225 ILCS 710/45.60) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4313)
    Sec. 45.60. Notice shall be posted at the entrance of every mine stating the rate of burning of the fuse used in such mine. The superintendent shall be responsible for the carrying out of this rule.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.61

    (225 ILCS 710/45.61) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4314)
    Sec. 45.61. Every personal accident occurring in or about any mine, including electric shocks, and burns, and all accidents in connection with the operation of electrical equipment shall be promptly reported to the mine superintendent by the person injured, or if such persons shall be unable so to do by reason of the injury, then it shall be so reported by the person in immediate charge of the work at the time of the accident, or by some person acting in behalf of the injured person; and shall be recorded in a book kept for that purpose in the office of the mine, which book shall at all times be open to examination by the inspector.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.62

    (225 ILCS 710/45.62) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4315)
    Sec. 45.62. All defects in or damages or injury to machinery or timbering or to apparatus and equipment generally in and about a mine, all unsafe or dangerous conditions in any part of the mine, and all accidents occurring in the course of mining operations, other than those of a purely minor character, even though not resulting in personal injury, shall be promptly reported to the mine foreman or superintendent by the person observing the same.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.63

    (225 ILCS 710/45.63) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4316)
    Sec. 45.63. Wages shall not be paid on any premises used for the sale of intoxicating liquors.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/45.64

    (225 ILCS 710/45.64) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4317)
    Sec. 45.64. Strangers or visitors shall not be allowed underground in any mine unless accompanied by the operator or an official of the mine, or by an employee deputized by such operator or official to accompany them, and it shall be a Class A misdemeanor for any such stranger or visitor to enter any mine at any time without the consent of the superintendent.
(Source: P.A. 77-2830.)

225 ILCS 710/45.65

    (225 ILCS 710/45.65) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4318)
    Sec. 45.65. Washrooms. Every mine employing more than 25 people shall maintain a suitable equipped washroom, which shall at all times be open to the employees of the mine. Separate washrooms shall be provided for men and women employees.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/45.66

    (225 ILCS 710/45.66) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4319)
    Sec. 45.66. Each worker employed in the mine when first engaged shall have his attention directed by the mine foreman to the general and special rules provided for in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 81-992.)

225 ILCS 710/46.01

    (225 ILCS 710/46.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4321)
    Sec. 46.01. All wires carrying electric current passing through curtains or inflammable material shall be properly protected so as not to ignite said curtains or inflammable material.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/46.02

    (225 ILCS 710/46.02) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4322)
    Sec. 46.02. Trolley wires or other exposed electrical wires shall not carry a voltage above 275 volts.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/46.03

    (225 ILCS 710/46.03) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4323)
    Sec. 46.03. All trolley and positive feed wires crossing places where persons or animals are required to travel shall be safely guarded or protected from such persons or animals coming in contact therewith.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/46.04

    (225 ILCS 710/46.04) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4324)
    Sec. 46.04. All terminal ends of positive wires shall be guarded so as to prevent persons inadvertently coming in contact therewith.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/46.05

    (225 ILCS 710/46.05) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4325)
    Sec. 46.05. The operator of every mine where motor generator sets or transformers are installed underground shall designate or cause to be designated on the map provided for in the Mining Law, showing the location of transformer stations, at each of the above said stations a sufficient amount of sand, not less than one (1) cubic yard, shall be kept in a suitable place convenient to said motor generator stations and transformer stations for the purpose of extinguishing any fire starting from short circuiting or otherwise. In addition thereto two suitable chemical fire extinguishers shall be kept in a convenient place.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 1035.)

225 ILCS 710/47.01

    (225 ILCS 710/47.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4327)
    Sec. 47.01. All examinations given by the Department of Natural Resources to any applicant for a license or certificate of competency shall be conducted in the English language, shall be of a practical nature, and shall be conducted under published rules, conditions and regulations which are uniform as to all applicants for the same type of license or certificate, and which have been made available upon request to any applicant prior to the date of examination. The Department of Natural Resources shall preserve a record of all questions propounded and the answers given thereto. Such record shall be preserved for a period of six months following the date the notice of the granting or refusal of the license or certificate is served upon the applicant, and duly certified copies thereof shall be furnished to the applicant upon request being made within such six months period and upon the payment of the cost thereof. Any applicant who fails to pass an examination shall be permitted to take another examination after an interval of three months.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

225 ILCS 710/48

    (225 ILCS 710/48) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4328)
    Sec. 48. Violations; penalties. Any person who neglects, refuses, or fails to perform or discharge the duties or responsibilities imposed and required to be performed or discharged by any Section, clause, provisions, or rule of this Act, or who does any act or thing declared to be unlawful or prohibited by any such Section, clause, provision, or rule, or who violates any provision or requirement of this Act, shall be deemed guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    The circuit courts of all counties within this State shall have and exercise within the limits of their respective districts, jurisdiction over all offenses and proceedings under this Act. All fines and penalties imposed or payable under this Act may be recovered by distress and sale of any mining or other personal property of the offender.
    It shall be the duty of the Attorney General and State's attorneys to prosecute all violations of this Act, or all cases of neglect, refusal, or failure to perform or discharge the duties or responsibilities imposed and required to be performed or discharged by said Act. It shall also be the duty of such Attorney General or State's attorneys upon request made, to assist the inspector of mines in obtaining compliance with this Act, or any provisions thereof, by the institution of appropriate legal proceedings and to represent such inspector in any and all legal proceedings brought against him or her in his or her official capacity.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)

225 ILCS 710/49

    (225 ILCS 710/49) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4329)
    Sec. 49. This Act shall take effect and be in force on and after the first day of January, 1922.
(Source: Laws 1921, p. 525.)

225 ILCS 710/50

    (225 ILCS 710/50) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4330)
    Sec. 50. (a) This Act shall be administered by the Department of Natural Resources in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Natural Resources Act and the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (b) The Department has the authority to allow variances from particular provisions of this Act if practical difficulties or particular hardships are in the way of carrying out the strict letter of any provision and if the variance will be substantially equivalent to the standards of health and safety as set out in this Act. A request for variance under this Section must be in writing and must state the provision from which a variance is sought, the extent of the variance sought, and the reasons supporting the variance request. The Department shall review the request and, if necessary, inspect the mine to be affected by variance. The Department shall issue a decision either denying or granting the variance or allowing a modified variance. Any interested person shall have the right to appeal any such decision to the Director of the Department. After notice and hearing, the Director shall render a final administrative decision on the variance request.
    (c) The Department has the authority to promulgate rules to carry out the purposes and enforce the provisions of this Section and this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)