If during an inspection conducted under section 1514.41 of the Revised Code or a safety audit conducted under section 1514.42 of the Revised Code, the chief of the division of mineral resources management finds a condition or practice at a surface mining operation that could reasonably be expected to cause the death of or imminent serious physical harm to an employee of the operation, the chief immediately shall issue orders to safeguard the employees, notify the operator of the condition or practice, and require the operator to abate the condition or practice within a reasonable period of time. In all such situations, the chief may require the operation to cease in the area in which the condition or practice is occurring or may require the entire operation to cease, if necessary, until the condition or practice that could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm is eliminated.
The chief shall complete a report that describes the condition or practice and the action taken to eliminate it. The chief shall provide two copies of the report to the operator of the operation. The operator shall post one copy of the report at the operation for review by the employees of the operation.
Effective Date: 04-06-2007 .