December 2, 2014, Introduced by Rep. Price and referred to the Committee on Local Government.


     A bill to amend 1911 PA 163, entitled


"An act to provide for the election of inspectors of mines in

certain cases and the appointment of their deputies, for the

appointment of such inspectors of mines and their deputies until

the election and qualification of the first inspectors of mines, to

prescribe their powers and duties and to provide for their

compensation, and to repeal Act No. 213 of the Public Acts of



by amending section 8 (MCL 425.108), as amended by 1984 PA 116.




     Sec. 8. The duties of the A mine inspector shall be to visit


all of the mines of located within his or her county once in every


60 days, and more often if in his or her judgment it becomes


necessary. , and The mine inspector shall closely inspect the mines


so visited , and condemn all such places where he or she shall find


determines that the employees are in danger from any cause, whether


resulting from careless mining or defective machinery or appliances


or improper or unsafe methods of any nature. The mine inspector


shall compel the erection of a partition between all shafts where


hoisting of ore is performed and where there are ladder ways, where


persons must ascend and descend going to and from their work. If


the mine inspector shall find determines that a place is dangerous


from any cause, as aforesaid, the mine inspector shall immediately


order the persons engaged in work at that place to quit work, and


shall notify the superintendent, agent, or person in charge to


secure the place from the existing danger. , which The notification


or order shall be in writing and shall clearly define the limits of


the dangerous place and specify the work to be done or change to be


made to render the same place secure, ordinary mine risks excepted.


The mine inspector shall also command order the person, persons, or


corporation working any mine, or the agent, superintendent,


foreman, or other person having immediate charge of the working of


any mine, to furnish all shafts and open pits of the mine with some


a secure safeguard at the top of the shaft or open pit so as to


guard against accident by persons falling therein into the shaft or


open pit or by material falling down the mine. , also In addition,


the mine inspector shall require a covering on all the carriages on


which persons ascend or descend up and down the shaft, if in the


inspector's judgment it shall be is practicable and necessary for


the purpose of safety. If a mine is idle or abandoned, the mine


inspector shall notify the person, persons, or corporation owning


the land on which the mine is situated, or the agent of such the


owner or owners, to erect and maintain around all the shafts and


open pits of the mine a fence or railing suitable to prevent


persons or domestic animals from accidentally falling into the


shafts or open pits. This notice shall be in writing and shall be


served upon the owner, owners, or agent, personally or by leaving a


copy at the residence of the owner or agent, if they or any of them


reside in the county where the mine is situated. , and Prior to


January 1, 2015, if the owner, owners, or agents are none of them


not residents of the county the notice may be given by publication


in 1 or more newspapers printed and circulated in the county if


there be one, and by registered letter, and if a newspaper is not


published in the county then in a newspaper published in some


adjoining county for a period of 3 consecutive weeks. Beginning


January 1, 2015, if the owner, owners, or agents are not residents


of the county, tier A public notice shall be provided as set forth


in the local government public notice act. If the owner, owners, or


agent shall do not, within 30 days after receiving such the notice


or within 30 days after the completion of publication, erect


suitable fences or railings as provided in this section, the mine


inspector shall cause such suitable fences or railings to be


erected and make a return provide an accounting of his or her


doings in the case, actions, with the description of the land or


lands on which the shafts and open pits are located, together with


an itemized statement of the actual expenses incurred in the case


on each description of land, to the county clerk of the county. ,


which return The accounting and statement shall be verified by the


affidavit of the mine inspector. All expenses incurred under this


section shall be audited by the county board of commissioners of


the county, and all sums allowed by the board for such the expenses


shall be paid from the general fund of the county. The county clerk


shall certify to the county board of commissioners at its annual


meeting in each year the amount of expense incurred under this


section during the preceding year and the amount belonging


attributable to each and every description of land on which any


such mines are situated. , and that amount These amounts shall be


certified to the supervisors of the proper affected townships in


the same manner as county taxes are certified to those supervisors.


, and the The amount of the expense incurred as above on for each


description shall be assessed by the supervisors upon the


description upon their assessment rolls for that year in a separate


column, and shall be collected in the same manner as county taxes,


and when so collected paid into the general fund of the county.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect


unless House Bill No. 5560 of the 97th Legislature is enacted into