Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
71690 08 ST G1 C 676-09 04/21/2009
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04/21/2009 71690


DEFINITION: This is technical inspection work enforcing the state bituminous underground mining laws in an assigned district of the state.

An employee in this job enforces and promotes compliance with the underground mining laws in the bituminous coal mines through regular technical inspections. The enforcement duties include the discretionary authority to order the withdrawal of mine employees if threatened with imminent physical danger and to close the mine until these conditions are corrected. Work includes conducting investigations of all mining accidents to determine causes and preventive action. Duties include establishing and maintaining good relationships with all mining personnel in promoting compliance with safety and safety-related production problems. Work involves an element of physical danger when inspecting mines. Technical work is performed independently although consultation with the regional director may be held on especially difficult or unusual problems.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Inspects underground coal mines to enforce and promote compliance with the provisions of the bituminous underground mining laws.

Measures the velocity and oxygen content of the air tests for the presence of explosive or noxious gases during mine inspections.

Explains unsafe conditions to mine officials and orders corrective action.

Investigates all mining accidents to determine causes and responsibility and recommends measures to prevent similar accidents.

Assists in directing mine rescue operations.

Prepares detailed reports of inspections and investigations.

Advises mine officials and employees of provisions of the bituminous underground mining laws.

Conducts and participates in formal and informal training sessions and courses.

Keeps abreast of developments in equipment, techniques and procedures in the mining industry.

Serves on mine commissions for the purpose of investigating and reporting on any problems or questions of compliance with the provisions of the bituminous underground mining laws.

Travels to various work sites to conduct inspections.

Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of underground bituminous mining operations.

Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved in underground bituminous mining operations.

Knowledge of federal and state bituminous mining laws and regulations.

Knowledge of the functionality, defects, faults and corrective measures involved in underground mining electrical equipment.

Knowledge of the construction and operation of electrical systems located inside mines and within the immediate vicinity of mines.

Knowledge of the chemistry of gases found in bituminous coal mines.

Ability to interpret laws and regulations.

Ability to read and understand maps of mines and to make cross sections of mines from these maps.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Ten years of experience in underground bituminous coal mines, and graduation from high school or certification of equivalent training.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

Possession of a current and valid certificate as a bituminous mine foreman, assistant mine foreman or mine examiner issued by or acceptable to the Department of Environmental Protection.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: Must be at least 30 years of age.