7542-Shotfirers and blasters

Job Title: 

Shotfirers and blasters

Job Description: 

Shotfirers and blasters, position, assemble, and detonate explosives at mining, quarrying and demolition sites.


Tasks include

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

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Powder man/Powder woman

International Careers(ISCO): 
Source Of Info: 

Source: Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, PSCO-2371