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180 Meaning of “mine” and “quarry”.E+W+S

[F1(1)In this Act the expression “mine” means an excavation or system of excavations, including all such excavations to which a common system of ventilation is provided, made for the purpose of, or in connection with, the getting, wholly or substantially by means involving the employment of persons below ground, of minerals (whether in their natural state or in solution or suspension) or products of minerals.]

(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)For the purposes of this Act—

(a)there shall be deemed to form part of a mine so much of the surface (including buildings, structures and works thereon) surrounding or adjacent to the shafts or outlets of the mine as is occupied together with the mine for the purpose of, or in connection with, the working of the mine, the treatment, preparation for sale, consumption or use, storage or removal from the mine of the minerals or products thereof gotten from the mine or the removal from the mine of the refuse thereof; and

F2(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Provided that there shall not, for the said purposes, be deemed to form part of a mine F3. . . premises in which a manufacturing process is carried on otherwise than for the purpose of the working of the mine F3. . . or the preparation for sale of minerals gotten therefrom.

(4)For the purposes of this Act premises for the time being used for depositing refuse from a single mine F4. . ., being premises exclusively occupied by the owner of that mine F4. . ., shall be deemed to form part of that mine F4. . ., and premises for the time being used for depositing refuse from two or more mines F4. . ., being premises occupied by the owner of one of those mines F4. . . (either exclusively or jointly with the owner of the other or any of the others) shall be deemed to form part of such one of those mines F4. . . as [F5the Health and Safety Executive] may direct.

(5)For the purposes of this Act a railway line serving a single mine F6. . . (not being a railway line falling within subsection (3) of this section or a railway line belonging to a railway company) shall be deemed to form part of that mine F6. . . and a railway line jointly serving two or more mines F6. . . (not being a railway line falling within subsection (3) of this section or a railway line belonging to a railway company) shall be deemed to form part of such one of them as [F5the Health and Safety Executive] may direct.

(6)For the purposes of this Act a conveyor or aerial ropeway provided for the removal from a mine F7. . . of minerals gotten therefrom or refuse therefrom shall be deemed to form part of the mine F7. . ..

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F1S. 180(1) substituted (1.10.1993) by S.I. 1993/1897, regs. 1, 41(2), Sch. 3 Pt. II.

F3Words in s. 180(3) omitted (1.1.2000) by S.I. 1999/2024, regs. 1(1), 47(1)(2), Sch. 2 Pt. II

F4Words in s. 180(4) omitted (1.1.2000) by S.I. 1999/2024, regs. 1(1), 47(1)(2), Sch. 2 Pt. II

F5Words substituted by virtue of S.I. 1974/2013, Sch. 2 para. 3

F6Words in s. 180(5) omitted (1.1.2000) by S.I. 1999/2024, regs. 1(1), 47(1)(2), Sch. 2 Pt. II

F7Words in s. 180(6) omitted (1.1.2000) by S.I. 1999/2024, regs. 1(1), 47(1)(2), Sch. 2 Pt. II

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