30 CFR § 77.1713 Daily inspection of surface coal mine; certified person; reports of inspection.
(a) At least once during each working shift, or more often if
necessary for safety, each active working area and each active surface
installation shall be examined by a certified person designated by the
operator to conduct such examinations for hazardous conditions and any
hazardous conditions noted during such examinations shall be reported to the
operator and shall be corrected by the operator.
(b) If any hazardous condition noted during an examination conducted
in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section creates an imminent danger,
the person conducting such examination shall notify the operator and the
operator shall withdraw all persons from the area affected, except those
persons referred to in section 104(d) of the Act, until the danger is
(c) After each examination conducted in accordance with the
provisions of paragraph (a) of this section, each certified person who
conducted all or any part of the examination required shall enter with ink
or indelible pencil in a book approved by the Secretary the date and a
report of the condition of the mine or any area of the mine which he has
inspected together with a report of the nature and location of any hazardous
condition found to be present at the mine. The book in which such entries
are made shall be kept in an area at the mine designated by the operator to
minimize the danger of destruction by fire or other hazard.
(d) All examination reports recorded in accordance with the
provisions of paragraph (c) of this section shall include a report of the
action taken to abate hazardous conditions and shall be signed or
countersigned each day by at least one of the following persons:
(1) The surface mine foreman;
(2) The assistant superintendent of the mine;
(3) The superintendent of the mine; or,
(4) The person designated by the operator as responsible
for health and safety at the mine.
(5) An equivalent mine official.
(Pub. L. No. 96-511, 94 Stat. 2812 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.))
[36 FR 9364, May 22, 1971, as amended at 47 FR 14706, Apr. 6, 1982; 60 FR 33719, June 29, 1995]