Standards for Diesel Equipment
99. Every diesel engine that is used underground shall be fitted with an inlet and exhaust-flame trap.
100. (1) The mine manager shall prepare in writing and implement safe procedures for the operation of diesel locomotives and internal combustion engines underground.
(2) The procedures referred to in subsection (1) shall specify
(a) the location and method of refuelling the locomotives and engines;
(b) that no operator of a diesel engine shall leave it unattended while the engine is running; and
(c) that there shall always be an adequate supply of dry sand to enable the diesel locomotive to complete any journey that it begins.
101. The employer shall submit a copy of the procedures referred to in subsection 100(1) and any changes in those procedures to the Coal Mining Safety Commission for approval at least 30 days before the implementation of the procedures or changed procedures.
102. No person shall operate a diesel locomotive in any underground portion of a coal mine unless the person
(a) has at least one year’s experience in a coal mine of which at least 90 days have been spent in work associated with the undergound operation of a diesel locomotive; and
(b) is trained and authorized to operate the diesel locomotive in that portion of the coal mine.
Maintenance, Inspection and Tests
103. (1) At least once every 24 hours, a qualified diesel mechanic shall
(a) inspect every diesel engine in service underground; and
(b) supervise the replacement of each diesel engine exhaust-flame trap with a clean trap.
(2) The qualified diesel mechanic referred to in subsection (1) shall make a written report of the results of each inspection and supervision made by the mechanic in a book kept for that purpose.
104. (1) At least once every seven days, a qualified person shall
(a) inspect every diesel engine;
(b) test the effectiveness of the brakes of every diesel locomotive; and
(c) replace the inlet-flame trap with a clean inlet-flame trap on each diesel engine.
(2) The qualified person referred to in subsection (1) shall make a written report of the results of each inspection and test made by the person in a book kept for that purpose.
105. No diesel engine shall be used underground unless all defects identified in an inspection, supervision or test referred to in section 103 or 104 are corrected.
Procedures for Battery Locomotives
106. (1) Where battery locomotives are used underground, the mine manager shall prepare in writing and implement safe procedures for the installation, operation and maintenance of battery locomotives.
(2) The employer shall keep a copy of the procedures referred to in subsection (1) readily available for examination by employees at the coal mine in which the locomotives are used.
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