Department of Natural Resources - Diesel Equipment in Underground Coal Mines - Fueling.

Published: 2011-11-03

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(A) Restrictions on fueling locations. Fueling of diesel-powered equipment shall not be conducted in the intake escape-way unless the mine design and entry configuration make it necessary. In those cases where fueling in the intake escape-way is necessary, the mine operator shall submit a plan for approval to the chief, outlining the special safety precautions that will be taken to insure the protection of miners. The submitted plan shall specify a location, such as the end of the tail piece, the track, or adjacent to the load out point, where fueling shall be conducted in the intake escape-way, and all other safety precautions that shall be taken. The plan shall also include an examination of the area for spillage or fire by a qualified individual.

(B) Diesel fuel and other combustible materials shall be cleaned up and shall not be permitted to accumulate anywhere in an underground mine, or on diesel-powered or electric equipment located therein.

(C) At least one individual who has successfully completed the refueling procedure training of paragraph (B)(6) of rule 1501:10-2-23 of the Administrative Code shall be on duty at the mine when diesel-powered equipment or mobile fuel transportation equipment is being used or when any fueling of diesel-powered equipment is being conducted.