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Job Definition

  • 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 after detonation of explosives
  • compiling and maintaining records about usage of explosives in compliance with laws and regulations

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    Educational level

    • Skilled
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