Coal Industry Act 2001 No 107
26 Powers of inspectors to carry out searches
(1) An inspector may enter, at any reasonable time, any premises for
the purpose of making an inspection referred to in section 25 and may do any
or all of the following:
(a) search the premises,
(b) take photographs, or make sketches, of the premises or any
substance or thing at the premises,
(c) inspect any book, record or document kept at the
(d) remove, or make copies of, any such book, record or
(2) An inspector may not exercise any powers under this section in
relation to premises unless the inspector has:
(a) produced the inspector’s notice of appointment as an
inspector for inspection by the occupier of the premises,
(b) informed the occupier of the purpose of the inspector’s
entry of the premises.
(3) An inspector may not, under this section, enter premises that are
a residence unless the occupier of the premises has consented to the
(4) An inspector must use no more force than is reasonably necessary
in effecting entry on to any premises.
(5) If damage is caused to property by an inspector in exercising a
power of entry under this section, reasonable compensation is payable by the
approved company of which the inspector is an employee to the owner of the
property, unless the damage resulted from, or was connected with, obstruction
of the inspector.
(6) In this section, premises includes
buildings, land and mines.