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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
  • fire charges
  • 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.
  • Working conditions
    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.
    Personal requirements
  • 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.
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