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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 705/) Coal Mining Act.

225 ILCS 705/Art. 6

 
    (225 ILCS 705/Art. 6 heading)
ARTICLE 6.
MINE EXAMINERS--REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES.

225 ILCS 705/6.01

    (225 ILCS 705/6.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 601)
    Sec. 6.01. Each applicant for a certificate of competency as mine examiner shall produce evidence satisfactory to the Mining Board that he is a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age and of good repute and temperate habits and that he has had at least 4 years practical underground mining experience, and has been issued a First Class Certificate of Competency by the Department of Natural Resources. He shall pass an examination as to his experience in mines generating dangerous gases, his practical and technological knowledge of the nature and properties of mine gases, the laws of ventilation, the structures and use of multi-gas detectors, and the laws of this State relating to safeguards against fires from any source in mines. He shall also submit to the Mining Board satisfactory evidence that he has completed a course of training in first aid to the injured and mine rescue methods and appliances prescribed by the Department. Persons who have graduated and hold a degree in engineering or an approved 4-year program in coal mining technology from an accredited school, college, or university, are required to have only 2 years of practical underground mining experience to qualify for the examination for a certificate of competency.
    Persons who have graduated and hold a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Coal Mining Technology from an accredited school, college or university are required to have only 3 years' practical underground mining experience to qualify for the examination for a Certificate of Competency as a Mine Examiner.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 705/6.02

    (225 ILCS 705/6.02) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 602)
    Sec. 6.02. Certified mine examiner. A certificated mine examiner shall be required at all coal mines. There shall be one or more additional certificated mine examiners whenever required in writing by the State Mine Inspector when the conditions are such as to make the employment of such additional mine examiners necessary.
(Source: P.A. 87-1133; 88-185.)

225 ILCS 705/6.03

    (225 ILCS 705/6.03) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 603)
    Sec. 6.03. The mine examiner shall perform the duties set out in Sections 6.04 to 6.11, inclusive.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 701.)

225 ILCS 705/6.04

    (225 ILCS 705/6.04) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 604)
    Sec. 6.04. In all mines:
        1. When the mine is to be operated, he shall
    
examine the prescribed working places of such mine within 3 hours before any workers in such shift, other than the examiner or the examiners designated by the mine manager to make the examination, enter the underground areas of the mine. Examine every active working place in the mine and make tests therein with a multi-gas detector for accumulation of methane and oxygen deficiency in the air therein; examine intake seals used to ventilate a working section and doors to determine whether they are functioning properly; inspect and test the roof, face, and rib conditions in the working areas and on active roadways and travelways; inspect active roadways, travelways, approaches to abandoned workings, and accessible falls in active sections for explosive gas and other hazards; and inspect to determine whether the air in each split is traveling in its proper course and in normal volume.
        2. On non-coal producing shifts, if the mine has a
    
constructed minimum of 120 psi seals, he shall examine the mine in any area where any person is scheduled to work or travel underground. If the mine has less constructed than 120 psi seals, he shall examine the mine in its entirety the same as for a coal producing shift, except where men are to work only in the shaft, slope, or drift or on the immediate shaft bottom, then only that area immediately surrounding the bottom need be examined. If the mine has a minimum of 120 psi seals and the mine has not been examined in its entirety for 7 consecutive days, a full mine examine shall be conducted, including seals and escape ways, prior to anyone other than the examiner or the examiners designated by the mine manager to make the examination enter the underground areas of such mine. If it is known that the air downwind of a minimum 120 psi seals when tested at a point not less than 12 inches from the roof, face, or rib contains more than 1.0% of methane as determined by permissible methane detector, air analysis, or other recognized means of accurately detecting such gas, he shall examine the mine in its entirety the same as for a coal producing shift, except where persons are to work only in the shaft, slope, or drift or on the immediate shaft or slope bottom, then only that area immediately surrounding the bottom shall be examined.
        3. If the mine has constructed a minimum of 120 psi
    
seals, he shall conduct weekly examinations at each seal along return and bleeder air courses and at each seal along intake air courses where intake air passing by the seal is not used to ventilate a working section. If such mine has constructed less than 120 psi seals, he shall conduct a daily examination of each seal along return and bleeder air courses. If it is known that the air downwind of a minimum 120 psi seals when tested at a point not less than 12 inches from the roof, face, or rib contains more than 1.0% of methane as determined by permissible methane detector, air analysis, or other recognized means of accurately detecting such gas, he shall examine each seal along return and bleeder air courses and at each seal along intake air courses where intake air passing by the seal not used to ventilate a working section before the workers of any shift may enter the underground areas of such mine.
        4. Conduct weekly examinations of escape ways
    
required by Sections 19.11 and 19.13.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 705/6.05

    (225 ILCS 705/6.05) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 605)
    Sec. 6.05. When in the performance of his duties, he shall carry with him a multi-gas detector in proper order and condition and a rod or bar for sounding the roof.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 705/6.06

    (225 ILCS 705/6.06) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 606)
    Sec. 6.06. He shall see that the air current is traveling in its proper course and in proper quantity; and measure with an anemometer the amount of air passing in the last cross-cut or break-through of each pair of entries, or in the last room of each division in long-wall mines, and at all other points where he may deem it necessary; and note the result of such measurements in the mine examiner's book kept for that purpose.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 701.)

225 ILCS 705/6.07

    (225 ILCS 705/6.07) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 607)
    Sec. 6.07. He shall inspect all places where men are required in the performance of their duties to pass or to work, and observe whether there are any recent falls or dangerous roof or accumulations of gas or dangerous conditions in rooms or roadways; and examine especially all roadways leading to escapement shafts or other openings for the safe exit of men to the surface, the edges and accessible parts of recent falls and old gobs and air-courses.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 701.)

225 ILCS 705/6.08

    (225 ILCS 705/6.08) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 608)
    Sec. 6.08. As evidence of his examination of said doors, rooms and roadways as provided for in this Article, he shall inscribe with chalk in some suitable place on the doors, the roof or walls of rooms and roadways, but not on the face of the coal, his initials and the date of his examination.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 701.)

225 ILCS 705/6.09

    (225 ILCS 705/6.09) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 609)
    Sec. 6.09. When working places are discovered in which there are recent falls, dangerous roof, accumulation of gas or other dangerous conditions, he shall place, in all entrance ways to said working places where dangerous conditions exist, conspicuous marks or signs to "keep out". Should he find that the provisions of Section 24.03, with reference to distance rock dusting is back from the face, are not complied with, he shall record such condition, and the place, in his daily examination report.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 2012.)

225 ILCS 705/6.10

    (225 ILCS 705/6.10) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 610)
    Sec. 6.10. Upon completing his examination, he shall make a daily record either by calling out the results of the examination to a recorder on the surface or by personally recording the report. The recorder or mine examiner shall record the report in a book or computer system that is provided by the operator for that purpose, and the book or computer system shall be secure and not susceptible to alteration. The examination report is for the information of the company, the State Mine Inspector, and all other persons interested; and this report shall be recorded before the miners are permitted to enter the mine. If the examination report is called out by the mine examiner to a recorder, the recorder must place his signature, certificate number, and date in the book or computer system before the miners are permitted to enter the mine. If the examination report is called out, the mine examiner shall verify the report by his signature, certificate number, and date by or at the end of his shift. If the mine examiner finds an omission or error in the report, the report shall be corrected and he must immediately notify the shift mine manager of the omission or error.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 705/6.11

    (225 ILCS 705/6.11) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 611)
    Sec. 6.11. Should any dangerous conditions be found as described in Section 6.09, he shall immediately notify the shift mine manager, setting forth the nature of the conditions found and the location of same.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 705/6.12

    (225 ILCS 705/6.12) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 612)
    Sec. 6.12. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any mine to have in his service as mine examiner any person who does not hold a certificate of competency issued by the Mining Board except that anyone holding a mine manager's certificate may serve as a mine examiner. The mine manager shall not act in the capacity of mine examiner while acting as mine manager. However, whenever any exigency arises by which it is impossible for any operator to secure the immediate services of a certificated examiner, he may employ any trustworthy and experienced man of the mine inspection district to act as temporary mine examiner for a period not exceeding 7 days, and with the approval of the State Mine Inspector of the district, for a further period not exceeding 23 days. The employment of persons who do not hold certificates as mine examiners shall in no case exceed the limit of time specified herein, and the State Mine Inspector shall not approve of the employment of such persons beyond the 23 day limit.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 705/6.13

    (225 ILCS 705/6.13) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 613)
    Sec. 6.13. Effective on or after January 1, 1977, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any mine to employ underground any person in a supervisory capacity who does not hold a certificate of competency as a mine examiner or mine manager issued by the Mining Board; except those engineering and maintenance supervisors who supervise persons engaged in the maintenance and repair of underground equipment, provided that these supervisors have had training in mine ventilation and mine related hazards approved by the Mining Board. Upon request, the Mining Board may issue a temporary certificate of competency as mine examiner or mine manager to any person who possesses a valid equivalent certificate issued by the appropriate agency in another state, provided however that such temporary certificate shall be valid only until the first available examination given by the Mining Board or 6 months, whichever is longer.
(Source: P.A. 80-296.)

225 ILCS 705/6.14

    (225 ILCS 705/6.14) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 614)
    Sec. 6.14. The certificate of any mine examiner may be cancelled and revoked by the Mining Board upon notice and hearing as hereinafter provided, if it shall be established in the judgment of the Mining Board that the holder thereof has obtained said certificate by fraud or misrepresentation of his experience or has become unworthy to hold said certificate by reason of violation of the law, intemperate habits, incapacity, abuse of authority or for any other cause. However, any person against whom charges or complaints are made hereunder shall have the right to appear before the Mining Board and defend himself against said charges, and he shall have 15 days' notice in writing of such charges previous to such hearing. The Mining Board, in its discretion, may suspend the certificate of any person charged as aforesaid, pending such hearing, but the hearing shall not be unreasonably deferred.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 701.)

225 ILCS 705/6.15

    (225 ILCS 705/6.15) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 615)
    Sec. 6.15. A sufficient number of men trained in the use of a multi-gas detector shall be employed by the operator, who shall examine the mine for obnoxious and inflammable gases while men are working therein.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)

225 ILCS 705/6.16

    (225 ILCS 705/6.16) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 616)
    Sec. 6.16. When in the judgment of the State Mine Inspector, expressed in writing to the mine operator, certain sections of a mine generate dangerous quantities of explosive gases, the State Mine Inspector shall require those sections of the mine to be examined for gas in a prescribed manner and at shorter intervals of time than 3 hours preceding the time the day shift goes on duty for every day in which the mine is to be operated.
(Source: P.A. 99-538, eff. 1-1-17.)