(a)Mine means: (1) An area of land from which minerals are
extracted in nonliquid form or, if in liquid form, are extracted with workers
underground (2) private ways and roads appurtenant to such area, and (3)
lands, excavations, underground passageways, shafts, slopes, tunnels and
workings, structures, facilities, equipment, machines, tools, or other
property including impoundments, retention dams, and tailings ponds, on the
surface or underground, used in, or to be used in, or resulting from, the
work of extracting such minerals from their natural deposits in nonliquid
form, or if in liquid form, with workers underground, or used in, or to be
used in, the milling of such minerals, or the work of preparing coal or
other minerals, and includes custom coal preparation facilities.
(b)Work of preparing the coal means the breaking, crushing,
sizing, cleaning, washing, drying, mixing, storing, and loading of bituminous
coal, lignite, or anthracite, and such other work of preparing such coal as
is usually done by the operator of the coal mine.
(1) Any owner, lessee, or other person who operates,
controls, or supervises a coal mine; or,
(2) The person, partnership, association, or corporation,
or subsidiary of a corporation operating a metal or nonmetal mine, and owning
the right to do so, and includes any agent thereof charged with
responsibility for the operation of such mine.
(d)Miner means any individual working in a mine.
(e)Occupational injury means any injury to a miner which
occurs at a mine for which medical treatment is administered, or which
results in death or loss of consciousness, inability to perform all job
duties on any day after an injury, temporary assignment to other duties, or
transfer to another job.
(f)Occupational illness means an illness or disease of a
miner which may have resulted from work at a mine or for which an award of
compensation is made.
(g)First aid means one-time treatment, and any follow-up
visit for observational purposes, of a minor injury.
(1) A death of an individual at a mine;
(2) An injury to an individual at a mine which has a
reasonable potential to cause death;
(3) An entrapment of an individual for more than 30 minutes or
which has a reasonable potential to cause death;
(4) An unplanned inundation of a mine by a liquid or
(5) An unplanned ignition or explosion of gas or dust;
(6) In underground mines, an unplanned fire not extinguished within
10 minutes of discovery; in surface mines and surface areas of
underground mines, an unplanned fire not extinguished within 30 minutes
(7) An unplanned ignition or explosion of a blasting agent
or an explosive;
(8) An unplanned roof fall at or above the anchorage zone
in active workings where roof bolts are in use; or, an unplanned roof or rib
fall in active workings that impairs ventilation or impedes passage;
(9) A coal or rock outburst that causes withdrawal of
miners or which disrupts regular mining activity for more than one hour;
(10) An unstable condition at an impoundment, refuse pile,
or culm bank which requires emergency action in order to prevent failure, or
which causes individuals to evacuate an area; or, failure of an impoundment,
refuse pile, or culm bank;
(11) Damage to hoisting equipment in a shaft or slope
which endangers an individual or which interferes with use of the equipment
for more than thirty minutes; and
(12) An event at a mine which causes death or bodily
injury to an individual not at the mine at the time the event occurs.