Shotfirers assemble, position and detonate explosives to break or dislodge rock and soil or to demolish structures.
Duties & Tasks
Shotfirers may perform the following tasks:check blasting areas to make sure that safety regulations are met
establish safe exclusion to control movement of personnel, livestock and vehicles around and on the blast area
apply basic geology to assist in blast design, and interpret and apply blast design principals
cut channels under working faces
check bore-hole depths and ensure that they are clean
calculate quantity of explosives required to achieve desired result
insert detonators and charges into holes
connect and test or inspect the blasting circuit
inspect the area to make sure all explosives have been detonated
manage explosives magazine stock control
check site safety after blasting (falling rock hazards, underground mine roof supports and harmful fumes, for example), and declare the area safe.
Shotfirers may be required to work in remote areas and in conditions which may be dusty, hot and noisy. They may be required to work shifts.
enjoy practical and manual activities
willing to adhere to safety requirements
able to lead and supervise a team
able to accept responsibility
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to pass a medical examination
able to work in confined spaces, including underground
basic skills in mathematics and science.