Prevention and extinction of mine fires

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CHAPTER XV
PREVENTION AND EXTINCTION OF MINE FIRES
REGULATION 51. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Mine Fires
1.
In the installation and operation of mines the necessary
precautions shall be taken for the prevention of fire.
2.
(1) Every mine employing more than a number of persons
to be specified in national laws or regulations, unless it is naturally
wet throughout and not liable to spontaneous combustion, shall
have at its disposal a fire-fighting organisation for fire prevention
and fire control.
(2) The manager shall draw up a plan and shall enforce rules
for the organisation and conduct of fire-fighting work and of fire
drills.
3.
Combustible material shall be avoided as far as possible
for stowing, or in the building of packs, and not be left in the goaf
in greater quantities than absolutely necessary.
4.
The head frame, pit-head buildings and underground
haulage rooms shall be kept reasonably clear of highly flammable
material such as grease and coal dust.
5.
In pit-head buildings and adjacent structures every pre-
caution shall be taken to obviate the risk of fire.
Spontaneous Combustion of Coal
6. In mines subject to spontaneous combustion, the manager
shall draw up, subject to any provisions required by the competent
authority, special regulations relating to the precautions to be
taken, and in particular relating to the methods of working, stowing,
supplies of adequate material for stoppings and sealings, and the
provision of water mains.
7.
Special inspections shall be carried out regularly, especially
on days following idle days, before work is resumed, with a view
to ascertaining whether there are any spontaneous fires or heatings.

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