7542-Shotfirers and blasters

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Shotfirers and blasters
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Job Description: 
Shotfirers and blasters, position, assemble, and detonate explosives at mining, quarrying and demolition sites.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) ensuring workplace safety and explosives handling, storage and transport procedures and regulations are followed
  • (b) planning and giving instructions for the lay out, depth and diameter of blast holes
  • (c) checking depth and cleanliness of blast holes
  • (d) determining quantity and type of explosives to be used
  • (e) loading explosives into blast holes
  • (f) assembling, or directing other workers to assemble, primer charges using detonators and explosive cartridges, and attaching electrical wires, fuses and detonating cords to primers
  • (g) connecting wires, fuses and detonator cords into series, testing electrical circuits and repairing malfunctions, and connecting series to blasting machines
  • (h) covering charges, filling blast holes with rock dust, sand and other materials, and tamping material to compact charges
  • (i) ensuring all explosives are detonated, and reporting and attending to misfires
  • (j) declaring blast areas safe before and after detonation of explosives
  • (k) compiling and maintaining records about usage of explosives in compliance with laws and regulations.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Blaster
- Powderman
- Powder monkey
- Shotfirer


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Driller (mining) - 8111
- Driller (oil or gas well) - 8113
- Mining Supervisor - 3121
- Mining labourer - 9311
- Quarry labourer - 9311

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