Health and Safety at Work (Mining Operations and Quarrying Operations) Regulations 2016

170 Escapeways in underground coal mining operation


The mine operator of an underground coal mining operation must ensure that the mining operation has at least 2 exits trafficable on foot (escapeways) to the surface that are separated in a way that prevents any reasonably foreseeable event happening in 1 of the escapeways that may stop a person from being able to escape through the other escapeway.


The mine operator must ensure each ERZ1 at the underground coal mining operation in which a mine worker works has 2 escapeways leading to the surface or to a refuge.


Subclause (2) does not apply to an ERZ1—


in which an inspection is being carried out under the mining operation’s health and safety management system and no other mine worker is working in the ERZ1; or


where the ERZ1 is located in a single-entry drive or shaft that is being sunk.


The mine operator must ensure that at least 1 of the escapeways at the underground coal mining operation is designated as the primary escapeway and is—


an intake airway or a combination of adjacent intake airways; and


separated, as far as is reasonably practicable, from all other roadways by a separation stopping that is anti-static, fire-resistant, and of substantial construction that will ensure there is minimal leakage through the stopping; and


as far as practicable, free from hazards associated with fire; and


trafficable by a vehicle; and


fitted with fire-fighting equipment located on, or near, any equipment installed in the escapeway.


A person who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—


for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $10,000:


for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $50,000.

Compare: SR 2013/483 r 170