Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
71540 08 ST G1 C 654-07 01/21/2006

06/01/1977 71540


DEFINITION: This is technical inspection work enforcing the state underground mining laws affecting electrical installations located in and around underground anthracite coal mines.

An employee in this class enforces and promotes compliance with the laws and regulations governing the installation and operation of electrical equipment in and around the underground anthracite coal mines through regular technical inspections. Where electrical installations are involved, 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, where electrical equipment is involved, to determine causes and preventive action and assisting in directing mine rescue and recovery operations. Duties include establishing and maintaining good relationships with all mining personnel in promoting compliance with safety laws and regulations and in providing technical advice on a variety of safety and safety related production problems. Work involves in element of physical danger when inspecting electrical installations in the mines or directing mine rescue operations. Technical work is performed independently although consultation with the Anthracite Regional Director may be held on especially difficult or unusual problems.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Inspects electrical equipment installed and operated in and around anthracite coal mines to enforce and promote compliance with the anthracite underground mining laws.

Inspects trailing cables on mining machinery for compliance with safety requirements; checks for presence of safety guards; insures that enclosures of explosion proof machinery are maintained in proper condition.

Investigates all mining accidents caused by electricity 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 anthracite underground mining laws which affect installation and operation of electrical equipment in and around underground anthracite coal mines.

Discusses with mine officials, electricians and other mine workers various safety and technical problems.

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

Meets with and speaks before various safety organizations.

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

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

Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of the methods and practices involved in constructing, installing and operating electrical installations and equipment in and around anthracite mining operations and the occupational hazards involved.

Knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the installation and operation of electrical equipment in and around underground anthracite coal mines.

Knowledge of possible defects and faults in electrical equipment and of effective corrective measures.

Knowledge of construction and operation of underground anthracite coal mines.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of electrical engineering.

Ability to detect hazardous conditions and unsafe electrical equipment.

Ability to enforce laws and regulations with firmness and tact.

Ability to read and understand maps of mines and the overall electrical circuitry.

Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, mine officials, mine workers, various safety organizations and the general public.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Five years of experience in the underground anthracite coal mines of Pennsylvania in the capacity of a mine electrician or electrical engineer and such training as may have been gained through graduation from a standard high school or vocational school; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.