§ 45.1-161.71

Crew members to be considered employees of the mine where emergency exists; compensation; workers’ compensation

When engaged in rescue or recovery work during an emergency at a mine, all crew members assigned to the work shall be considered, during the period of their work, employees of the mine where the emergency exists and shall be compensated by the operator at the rate established in the area for such work. In no event shall this rate be less than the prevailing wage rate in the industry for the most skilled class of inside mine labor. During the period of their emergency employment, all crew members shall be deemed to be within the employment of the operator of the mine for the purpose of workers’ compensation coverage.


1975, c. 432, § 45.1-33.4; 1994, c. 28.


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