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of birth of the recipient, and the length and nature of his previous service in or about mines.
SEC. 12. The board may exercise its discretion in issuing cer- Certificates tificates of any class, but not without examination, to persons from other
States. presenting with proper credentials, certificates issued by competent authority in other States.
SEC. 13. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any mine to Unlicensed employ, or suffer to serve, as mine manager, mine foreman, assist- employees. ant mine foreman, or mine examiner, any person who does not hold a certificate of competency or of service issued by a duly authorized board of examiners of this State: Provided, That whenever any exigency arises by which it is impossible for any operator to secure the immediate services of a certified mine manager, mine foreman, assistant mine foremen, mine examiner as the case may be, he may place any trustworthy and experienced man, subject to the approval of the State mine inspector, to act temporarily for a period not to exceed ten days.
Sec. 14. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any mine to Same subject. employ, or suffer to serve as hoisting engineer of said mine, any person who does not hold a certificate of competency or service isued by a duly authorized board of examiners of this State, to permit any other person to operate his hoisting engine except for the purpose of learning to operate it and then only in the presence of the certificated engineer in charge, and when men are not being hoisted or lowered : Provided, That whenever any exigeney arises by which it is imposible for any operator to secure the immediate services of a certified hoisting engineer, he may place any trustworthy and experienced man, subject to the approval of the State mine inspectors, in charge of his engines to act as temporary engineer, for a period not to exceed 30 days. SEC. 15. The certificate of any manager, mine foreman, assistant Revocation of
license. mine foreman, hoisting engineer or mine examiner may be cancelled and revoked by the State mining board whenever it shall be established to the satisfaction of said board that the holder thereof has become unworthy of official endorsement, by reason of vio. lation of the law, intemperate habits, manifest incapacity, abuse of authority, or for other causes satisfactory to said board: Provided, That any person against whom charges or complaints are made shall have an opportunity to be heard in his own behalf, and he shall have thirty days' notice in writing of such charges.
SEC. 16. An applicant for any certificate herein provided for, Credentials before being examined, shall register his name with the secretary
of applicants. of the board, and file with him the credentials required by thi act, to-wit: An affidavit as to all matters of fact establishing his right to receive the examination, and a certificate of good character and temperate habits signed by at least ten of the citizens in the place in which he lived. Each candidate, before receiving the
Fees. examination, shall pay to the secretary of the board the sum of one dollar as an examination fee, and those who pass the examination for which they are entered, before receiving their certifiCatte, shall also pay to the secretary the further sum of two dollars catch as a certificate fee. Also persons receiving certificates of service shall pay the sum of two dollars as certificate fee. All such fees shall be duly accounted for by the board and paid into the State treasury at the close of each fiscal year. Sec. 17. The members of the State mining board shall receive
tion of board. as compensation for their services the sum of five dollars per day, for a term of not exceeding thirty days in any year, and whatever sums are necessary to reimburse them for such traveling and all necessary expenses as may be incurred in the discharge of their duties. All such salaries and expenses of the said board shall be paid upon vouchers duly sworn by each and approved by the president of the board and by the governor, and the auditor of public accounts is hereby authorized to draw his warrants on the State treasury for the amount thus shown to be (lue, payable out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriatecl.
Sec. 18. Any owner, agent, operator or managing officer of any Violations.
coal mine to which this act applies found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this act shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or less than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months or by both fine
and imprisonment in the discretion of the court. Application of Sec. 19. The provision of this act shall apply only to coal mines.
ARTICLE 15.-Contracts of employees waiving right to damages. Contracts lim- SECTION 16. It shall be unlawful for any person, company or coriting liability. poration to require of its servants or employees, as a condition of
their employment or otherwise, any contract or agreement, whereby such persons, company or corporation, shall be released or discharged from liability or responsibility on account of personal injuries received by such servants or employees while in the service of such person, company or corporation, by reason of the negligence of such person, company or corporation, or the agents or employees thereof; and such contracts shall be absolutely null and void.
ARTICLE 18.—Bureau of agriculture, labor, and industry.
Assembly may SECTION 1. The legislative assembly may provide for a bureau of provide for agriculture, labor and industry, to be located at the capital and be
under the control of a commissioner :ppointed by the governor subject to the confirmation of the senate. The commissioner shall hold his office for four years, and until his successor is appointed and qualified, his compensation shall be as provided by law.
CODES AND STATUTES-SANDERS' EDITION—1895.
Inspection of steam boilers--Eramination and licensing of
Inspector of SECTION 550. There must be appointed by the governor, by and boilers.
with the advice and consent of the senate, one inspector of boilers, whose duty it is to inspect all steam boilers now in use in the State, not subject to inspection under the laws of the United States, and to examine and grant licenses to steam engineers intrusted with the care and management of steam boilers and steam machinery. The salary of the inspector of boilers is twenty-four hundred dollars per year, and his term of office is four years, unless sooner removed by the governor. The inspector of boilers must execute an
official bond in the sum of five thousand dollars. Qualifica Sec. 551. No person is eligible to hold the office of inspector of tions.
boilers and steam machinery who has not had at least five years of actual practice in the operations of steam engines, steam boilers and steam machinery, or who is directly or indirectly interested in the manufacture or sale of boilers or steam machinery, or any patented article required to be sold or in general use in the construc
tion of steam boil or steam engines. Assistant in
SEC. 552. There shall be an assistant inspector, to be called the asspector. sistant inspector of boilers. Such assistant inspector must be a
person who has had at least four years experience in the practical operation of steam engines and boilers, and he must be a person of temperate habits and good character, and qualified to perform the duties of his office. He shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the consent and advice of the senate, and is subject to removal at the will of the governor. The salary of the assistant inspector is eighteen hundred dollars per year. The assistant in
spector must execute an official bond in the sum of twenty-five
be of government, and the inspector and assistant inspector must
adopted. adopt rules is nearly miform as possible for the inspection of steam boilers and steam machinery, and prescribe the nature and extent of the examination of applicants for licenses, and adopt such rules for the issuing thereof as are required by the provisions of this article, and must adopt such rules as they may deem necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this article, and distribute copies of such rules among the engineers and superintendents of mines and mining companies of the State, and all persons having charge or control of steam machinery.
Sec. 554. The inspector of boilers must inspect all steam boilers Inspection of and steam generators before the same are used, except in the case boilers, etc. of new boilers, which must be inspected within ninety days after they are put in use, unless accompanied by a certificate that such boiler has been inspected by a regular State inspector, and all boilers must be inspected at least once in every year. And the inspector of boilers must subject all boilers to hydrostatic pressure, and satisfy himself by a thorough internal and external examination, that the boilers are well made and of good and suitable materials; that the openings for the passage of water and steam, respectively, and all pipes and tubes exposed to heat are of the proper dimensions and free from obstructions; that the flues are circular in form ; that the fire line of the furnace is at least two inches below prescribed minimum water line of the boilers; that the arrangement for delivering the feed water is such that the boilers can not be injured thereby, and that such boilers and their steam connections may be safely employed without danger to life.
SEC. 555. He must also satisfy himself that the safety valves Safety valves. are of
uitable dimensions, sufficient in number and area, and properly arranged, and that the safety valve weights are properly adjusted, so as to allow no greater pressure in the boilers than the amount prescribed by the inspection certificate ; that there are a sufficient number of gauge cocks properly inserted to indicate the am out of water, and suitable gauges that will correctly record the pressure of steam; and adequate and certain provisions for an ample supply to feed boilers at all times, and that suitable means for blowing out are provided, so as to thoroughly remove the mud and sediment from all parts of the boilers when they are under pressure of steam. In subjecting boilers to the hydrostatic test, the inspector must assuine one hundred and twenty-five Maximum pounds to the square inch as the maximum pressure allowable pressure. as a working pressure for new boilers of forty-two inches in 1 diameter, made in the best manner, of plates one-fourth of an inch thick, and of good material; but the inspector must rate the working power of all high-pressure boilers according to their strength as compared with this standard, and in all cases the test applied must exceed the working pressure allowed, in the ratio of one hundred and seventy-five. Should the inspector be of the opinion that any boiler, by reason of its construction, or material, will not safely allow so high a working pressure, or will allow a greater working pressure than is herein provided, he may, for reasons to be stated specifically in his certificate, fix the pressure of such boiler at more or less than three-fourths of the test pressure, as the case may be. Sec. 556. No boiler or steam pipe, nor any of the connections
bad thereto must be approved which is made in whole or in part of material, etc. bad material, or is unsafe from any causé. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the use of any boiler or steam generator which may not be constructed of riveted iron or steel plates, when the inspector has satisfactory evidence that such boiler or steam generator is equal in strength to and as safe from explosion as boilers of the best quality, constructed of iron or steel plates. In any case where for good cause the inspector is unable to make any such inspection or examination of any steam boiler, it is the duty
of the assistant inspector to proceed and act in accordance with the requirements of this article as fully as the inspector is ein
powered to do. Additionalin
Sec. 557. In addition to the annual inspection, it is the duty spections.
of the inspector, or of the assistant inspector, to examine at proper times, when in their opinion such examination is necessary, all such boilers as shall have become unsafe from any cause, and to notify the owner or the person using such boilers of any defect
and what repairs are necessary to render them safe. Access Sec. 558. It is the duty of the owners or managers of steam boilers.
boilers to allow the inspectors free access to the same, and the engineer operating the same must assist the inspectors in their examinations and point out any defects they may know in the boilers or machinery in their charge. Any engineer not complying with this section shall have his license revoked or be sus
pended. Engineers to Sec. 559. No person must be granted a license to operate steam be licensed.
boilers or steam machinery under the provisions of this article who has not been examined by an inspector and found competent to perform the duties of an engineer and receive from such inspector a written or printed license so to act. Any person who operates any steam boiler or steam engines without first obtaining a license from an inspector or assistant inspector is guilty of a
misdemeanor. Classes of en- SEC. 560. Engineers must be divided into three classes, namely: gineers. First-class engineers, second-class engineers and third-class engi
neers. No license must be granted to any person to perform the duties of " first-class engineer," who has not taken and subscribed an oath that he has had at least three years' experience in the operation of steam boilers and steam machinery, or whose knowledge and experience is not such as to justify the belief that he is competent to take charge of all classes of steam boilers and steam machinery. No liceuse must be granted to any person to act as a “ second-class engineer" who has not taken and subscribed an oath that he has had at least two years' experience in the operation of steam boilers and steam machinery, and competent to take charge of all classes of steam boilers and steam machinery, not exceeding one hundred horse power. No license must be granted to any person to act as “third-class engineer" who has not served at least one year as fireman under a competent engineer, and found upon examination to be sufficiently acquainted with the
duties of an engineer to be trusted with steam boilers and steam Firemen.
machinery, not exceeding twenty horse power. All firemen who have charge of steam boilers as to the regulation of feed, water and fuel, where the boilers are so situated as not at all times to be under the eye of the engineer in charge, are required to pass a
third-class engineer's " examination and procure the same kind
of license. Revocation of
SEC. 561. Whenever complaint is made against an engineer, holdlicense.
ing a license from the inspector, that he, through negligence, want of skill, or inattention to duty, permitted his boiler to burn, or otherwise to become in a bad condition, or that he has been found intoxicated while on duty, it is the duty of the inspector or assistant inspector to make a thorough investigation of the charge, and upon satisfactory proof of such charge to revoke the license of such engineer. The inspector and assistant inspector must, as often as convenient, publish a notice in some suitable newspaper, stating upon what days they will be in certain specified localities, and that they will then, and at the time and place specified in such notice, receive applications and make examinations for the purpose of granting engineers' certificates, and that they will examine all boilers subject to inspection in the vicinity of the
place appointed. Inspections may be joint or
SEC. 562. In making the inspection of boilers and machinery separate.
herein provided for, the inspectors may act jointly or separately; but the inspector or assistant inspector, making such inspection, must in all cases subscribe and make oath to the certificate of in
spection, and report such action. Any inspector or assistant False certifi. inspector who willfully and falsely certifies regarding any steam cation. boilers or their attachments, or grants a license to any person to act as engineer, contrary to the provisions of this article, is punishable under the provisions of section 635, of the Penal Code.
SEC. 563. The inspector or assistant inspector is authorized to charge a fee of ten dollars for the inspection of each single boiler and its steam connections, and five dollars for each additional boiler, when connected, which fee to be payable at the time of the delivery of the inspector's certificate of inspection. The fee for the examination of applicants for engineer's license is seven dollars and fifty cents for the first-class engineers, five dollars for second-class engineers, and three dollars for third-class engineers; to be paid at the time of application for license. In case of the failure of an applicant to pass a successful examination, ninety days must elapse before he can again be examined as an applicant for license in the class for which he was examined. But the said inspector may grant to an applicant a lower grade of license than that applied for upon such examination. All certificates of inspection and engineer's license must be displayed in some conspicuous place in the engine room.
SEC. 564. If any person who has applied for a license as a first Rejected apor second or third-class engineer, under the provisions of this ar- plicants. ticle, and has been rejected, feels aggrieved, he may at any time after the lapse of ten days, and within ninety after the date of his rejection, by petition in writing, set forth the causes of his grievince and demand another examination. Such petition must be addressed to and served upon the inspector, and shall be duly verified by the rejected applicant, and accompanied by the required fee for a second examination. Within two days after receiving such petition and fee, it is the duty of the inspector to notify the applicant in writing that on a day certain, which shall not be less than tive nor more than forty days after the date of the service of the petition upon such inspector, he will be ready to grant him another examination. At least two days before the day set for examination the applicant must designate in writing to such inspector the name of an engineer holding a certificate of equal grade with the one applied for, and such engineer may present himself upon the day and at the hur fixed for the reexamination.
SEC. 565. Upon the same day, or any day prior to the date set Reexa mina for such examination, the inspector and selected engineer must in tion. writing agree upon and designate and notify a third disinterested engineer holding a license equal in grade to the license applied for by the rejected applicant, to sit with them. On the day and hour set for such examination all three of such board, that is, the inspector and the engineer selected by the applicant and the engineer agreed upon by them, must proceed to carefully reexamine such . applicant and fully and fairly test his qualifications and capabilities to receive a license such as he has applied for. After such examination is completed, if a majority of such board decide that such applicant is entitled to the license he has applied for, or any license of any inferior grade, the inspector must without delay issue a certificate accordingly, but if a majority of such board reject the applicant, it is a final rejection, and he must not be granted another examination for the space of ninety days after such last rejection, when he may again apply to the inspector or assistant inspector as provided by section 563 of this article, and no person must be granted more than one reexamination before a board under the provisions of this article. One-half of the fee which may have accompanied any rejected applicant's petition for reexamination must be awarded by the inspector to each of the engineers who sit on any such examining board, and in case the applicant is granted a license the fee paid when he was first rejected is the fee for the issuing of such license granted by any board. In case any engineer selected or agreed upon as by this section is provided, fails or neglects to appear or serve, another may be selected in his place in the manner herein provided.