Before the beginning of any shift upon which they shall perform supervisory duties,
the mine foreman or his or her assistant shall review carefully and countersign all
books and records reflecting the conditions and the areas under their supervision,
exclusive of equipment logs, which the operator is required to keep under this chapter. The mine foreman, assistant mine foreman, or fire boss shall visit and carefully
examine each working place in which miners will be working at the beginning of each
shift before any face equipment is energized and shall examine each working place
in the mine at least once every two hours each shift while such miners are at work
in such places, and shall direct that each working place shall be secured by props,
timbers, roof bolts, or other approved methods of roof support or both where necessary
to the end that the working places shall be made safe. The mine foreman or his or her assistants upon observing a violation or potential
violation of § 22A-2-1 et seq. of this code or any regulation or any plan or agreement promulgated or entered into thereunder
shall arrange for the prompt correction thereof. The foreman shall not permit any miner other than a certified foreman, fire boss,
assistant mine foreman, assistant mine foreman-fire boss or pumper to be on a working
section by himself or herself. Should the mine foreman or his or her assistants find a place to be in a dangerous
condition, they shall not leave the place until it is made safe or shall remove the
persons working therein until the place is made safe by some competent person designated
for that purpose.
He or she shall place his or her initials, time and the date at or near each place
he or she examines. He or she shall also record any dangerous conditions and practices found during
his or her examination in a book provided for that purpose.
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