Blasting Worker

Blasting Workers operate a range of surface and underground heavy machinery, mining equipment and explosives to extract and transport materials such as ore, coal and mineral sand and rock.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Assemble, position and operate a range of surface and underground heavy machinery and equipment
  • Connect lights and cabling in the mine and install pumps, air vents and crib rooms
  • Eject air, water and mud using pumps and other auxiliary plant
  • Extract ore samples using machinery to drill, blast or excavate and load into trucks or conveyors for transportation
  • Perform routine cleaning, maintenance and repairs on plant
  • Put explosives in place and connect wires, fuses and detonators
  • Record information and prepare reports for use by other mining, engineering and management personnel
  • Reinforce structures in underground mines with arches, props and rock bolts

Skills required

  • Able to Perform Manual Work
  • Good Manual Dexterity with the Ability to Use Tools and Machinery
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Safety Awareness
  • Strong Attention to Detail and Accuracy

Working conditions

Blasting Workers often work on a fly-in, fly-out basis. For example, they may be required to fly to the mine site for 2 weeks of work, then fly home for 1 week before repeating the rotation. They usually work long hours in hot, noisy, dirty and sometimes dangerous conditions.

Professional associations / Industry information

Minerals Council of Australia
Skills DMC Limited
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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