§ 45.1-161.177

Smoking materials prohibited; penalty

A. No miner or other person shall smoke or carry or possess underground any smoker’s articles or matches, lighters, or similar materials generally used for igniting smoker’s articles. Any person convicted of a violation of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.

B. The operator shall institute a smoker search program, approved by the Chief, to ensure that any person entering the underground area of the mine does not carry smoking materials, matches, or lighters.

C. Any person entering or present in any underground area of a coal mine shall, by his entry into the underground area of the mine, be subject to a search of his person, such of his personal property as may be in any underground area of the mine at any time he is underground, or both. Such search shall be conducted at the direction of the Chief by employees of the Department. It shall be limited in scope to the person and property of the persons present underground at the time of the search and shall be for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this section.

D. This section shall not prohibit the possession of equipment used solely for the operation of flame safety lamps or for welding or cutting.


1993, c. 389, § 45.1-98.1; 1994, c. 28; 1995, c. 569.


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