(225 ILCS 710/24)
(from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 4231)
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
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
(Source: P.A. 87-1133.)