Mines and Quarries Act, 1965

Provisions as to support rules.

55.—(1) Support rules for a mine shall be made by the manager of the mine.

(2) Support rules shall comply with such requirements as may be prescribed, and may impose upon persons employed at the mine such duties and prohibitions as the manager of the mine thinks proper to secure compliance with the provisions of this Part relating to support.

(3) (a) If an inspector is of opinion that support rules require modification in any particular, he may serve on the manager of the mine a notice specifying the modification that, in his opinion, ought to be made, and requiring the manager, within a specified time, to modify the rules in accordance with the tenor of the notice.

(b) The provisions of section 146 as to references upon notices served by inspectors shall apply to a notice served under this subsection.

(4) A support rule which is inconsistent with the provisions of any regulation shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be of no effect.

(5) A copy of all support rules shall be kept at the office at the mine or at such other place as may be approved by an inspector. A copy of such rules as are applicable to a district delimited under paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of section 17 shall be supplied by the manager to the deputy in charge of the district and shall be kept posted at the entrance to the district so as to be easily seen and read by the persons employed in the district.

(6) It shall be the duty of the manager of every mine for which support rules are for the time being in force to supply to every person employed at the mine whose duties consist of, or include, the setting of supports in accordance with a system specified in the rules, a document explaining either verbally or diagrammatically, or partly in the one way and partly in the other, the effect of the rules so far as they concern him.

(7) A document purporting to be certified by the manager of a mine to be a true copy of any support rules shall be prima facie evidence of the rules.