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Mines Act, 1952



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Preliminary

 1    Short title, extent and commencement
 2    Definitions
 3    Act not to apply in certain cases
 4    References to time of day

Inspectors and Certifying Surgeons

 5    Chief Inspector and Inspectors
 6    Functions of Inspectors
 7    Powers of Inspectors of Mines
 8    Powers of special officer to enter, measure, etc
 9    Facilities to be afforded to inspectors
 9-A    Facilities to be provided for occupational health survey
 10    Secrecy of information obtained
 11    Certifying surgeons

Committees

 12    Committees
 13    Functions of the Committee
 14    Powers, etc., of the Committees
 15    Recovery of expenses

Mining operations and management of mine

 16    Notice to be given of mining operations
 17    Managers
 18    Duties and responsibilities of owners, agents and managers

Provisions as to Health and Safety

 19    Drinking water
 20    Conservancy
 21    Medical appliances
 22    Powers of Inspectors when causes of danger not expressly provided against exist or when employment is dangerous
 22-A    Power to prohibit employment in certain cases
 23    Notice to be given of accidents
 24    Power of Government to appoint court of inquiry in cases of accidents
 25    Notice of certain diseases
 26    Power to direct investigation of causes of disease
 27    Publication of reports

Hours and Limitation of Employment

 28    Weekly day of rest
 29    Compensatory days of rest
 30    Hours of work above ground
 31    Hours of work below ground
 32    Night shift
 33    Extra wages for overtime
 34    Prohibition of employment of certain persons
 35    Limitation of daily hours of work including overtime work
 36    Notices regarding hours of work
 37    Supervising staff
 38    Exemption from provisions regarding employment
 39    Power to make exempting rules
 40    Employment of persons below eighteen years of age
 41    Certificate of fitness
 42    Effect of certificate of fitness granted to adolescents
 43    Power to require medical examination
 44    Working hours for adolescents not certified to be fit for work as adults
 45    Prohibition of the presence of persons below eighteen years of age in a mine
 46    Employment of women
 47    Disputes as to age
 48    Registers of persons employed

Leave with Wages

 49    Application of Chapter
 50    Leave defined
 51    Calendar year defined
 52    Annual leave with wages
 53    Wages during leave period
 54    Payment in advance in certain cases
 55    Mode of recovery of unpaid wages
 56    Power to exempt mines

Regulations, Rules and Bye-Laws

 57    Power of Central Government to make regulations
 58    Power of Central Government to make rules
 59    Prior publication of regulations and rules
 60    Power to make regulations without previous publication
 61    Bye-laws
 61-A    Laying of regulations, rules and bye-laws before Parliament
 62    Posting up of abstracts from Act, regulations, etc

Penalties and procedure

 63    Obstruction
 64    Falsification of records, etc
 65    Use of false certificates of fitness
 66    Omission to furnish plans, etc.
 67    Contravention of provisions regarding employment of labour
 68    Penalty for employment of persons below eighteen years of age
 69    Failure to appoint manager
 70    Notice of accidents
 71    Owner, etc., to report to Chief Inspector in certain cases
 72    Obligation of persons employed in a mine
 72-A    Special provision for contravention of certain regulations
 72-B    Special provision for contravention of orders under Section 22
 72-C    Special provision for contravention of law with dangerous results
 73    General provision for disobedience of orders
 74    Enhanced penalty after previous conviction
 75    Prosecution of owner, agent or manager
 76    Determination of owner in certain cases
 77    Exemption of owner, agent or manager from liability in certain cases
 78    Power of court to make orders
 79    Limitation of prosecutions
 80    Cognizance of offences
 80-A    Special provision regarding fine
 81    Reference to Committee in lieu of prosecution in certain cases

Miscellaneous

 82    Decision of question whether a mine is under this Act
 83    Power to exempt from operation of Act, regulations, etc
 84    Power to alter or rescind orders
 85    Application of Act to mines belonging to Government
 85-A    Persons required to give notice, etc., legally bound to do so
 85-B    Signing of returns, notices, etc
 85-C    No fee or charge to be realised for facilities and conveniences
 86    Application of certain provisions of Act 63 of 1948 to mines
 87    Protection of action taken in good faith
 88    Repeal of Act 4 of 1923
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