The Industrial Board shall have the power to make investigations concerning, and report
upon, all matters touching the enforcement and effect of the provisions of all laws
of the Commonwealth, the enforcement of which shall now and hereafter be imposed upon
the Department of Labor and Industry, and the rules and regulations made by the Industrial
Board in connection therewith; and to subpoena and require the attendance in this
Commonwealth of all witnesses, and the production of books and papers pertinent to
the said investigation, and to examine them and such public records as it may require
in relation to any matter which it has power to investigate. Any witness who refuses to obey a subpoena of the said board, as hereinabove provided
for, or who refuses to be sworn or to testify, or who fails or refuses to produce
any books, papers, or documents touching any matter under investigation or examination
by the said board, or who is guilty of any contempt after being summoned to appear
before the said board as above provided, may be punished as for contempt of court;
and, for this purpose, application may be made to any court within whose territorial
jurisdiction the said contempt took place, and for which purpose the courts of the
common pleas of this Commonwealth are hereby given jurisdiction. In the course of such investigation each member of said board shall have power to
administer oaths. Each member shall have the further power to make personal investigations of all
establishments in this Commonwealth where labor is employed.
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