††††† 805 KAR 8:030. Criteria for the imposition and enforcement of sanctions against certified miners.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 351.1041, 351.120, 351.194, 352.010-352.550

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 351.025(1)(a), 351.070(13)

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 351.070(13) authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Mines and Minerals to promulgate administrative regulations he deems necessary and suitable for the proper administration of KRS 351.090 to 351.9901. KRS 351.025(1)(a) requires the Department of Mines and Minerals to promulgate administrative regulations that establish comprehensive criteria for the imposition and enforcement of sanctions against certified miners whose intentional violation of, or order to violate, mine safety laws places miners in imminent danger of serious injury or death. This administrative regulation establishes the criteria for the revocation, suspension, or probation of a minerís certificate upon an adjudication by the Mine Safety Review Commission that a miner has committed this type of violation.

 

††††† Section 1. (1) If a certified miner commits a first offense, as adjudicated by the Kentucky Mine Safety Review Commission, the commission may revoke or suspend the minerís certificate for a period of time to be determined at the discretion of the commission, pursuant to KRS 351.194(5) and (6), or it may probate the minerís certificate for a period of no greater than ten (10) working days.

††††† (2) If a certified minerís certificate is revoked pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, the miner may apply to the Kentucky Mining Board for the reinstatement of his certificate, after the revocation period has ended, and after he has retaken and passed the requisite examination required for the certification. The Mining Board may grant or deny the application.

††††† (3) If a certified minerís certificate is suspended, pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, it shall be automatically reinstated at the end of the specified period of suspension. A suspension imposed by the commission may be for nonconsecutive days.

††††† (4) If a certified miner is placed on probation, the Mine Safety Review Commission may impose the terms of the probation, and it may impose penalties for the violation of the terms of probation. If the certified miner satisfies the terms of his probation, the probation shall automatically expire at the end of the probationary period.

††††† (5) If a certified miner, who has been adjudicated by the Mine Safety Review Commission to have committed a first or subsequent offense, holds more than one (1) certificate, the commission may revoke, suspend, or probate some or all of the minerís certificates.

††††† (6) If a certified miner, who has been adjudicated by the Mine Safety Review Commission to have committed a first or subsequent offense, is an hourly employee and not a foreman, in determining the penalty for the miner, the commission shall determine and state in its decision whether the miner was ordered by a foreman or other superior to violate the mine safety law in question, or whether the miner acted solely on his own accord, if the miner raises that issue. If the commission determines that the miner was ordered by a foreman to violate the mine safety law, the commission shall state whether and why that fact mitigated the severity of the penalty it imposed. (28 Ky.R. 2128; Am. 29 Ky.R. 714; eff. 9-16-02.)