Shotfirers set up and safely detonate explosives at a site in order to blast and break up in situ material.
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- Realistic / Investigative
Behaviour of explosives, pyrotechnics and blasting techniques. Associated risks and legal requirements.
Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.
- Signal for explosion
Set safety perimeter and safety signalisation around blast area; ensure that blast site is clear and safe before explosions.
- Examine prospective blast area
Thoroughly examine explosion areas; determine the appropriate amount of explosives required; ensure compliance to safety regulations.
- Work ergonomically
Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
- Make independent operating decisions
Make immediate operating decisions as necessary without reference to others, taking into account the circumstances and any relevant procedures and legislation. Determine alone which option is the best for a particular situation.
- Manage explosives in accordance with legislation
Manage explosives in accordance with explosives law, including tracking and control of the magazine.
- Connect blasting circuit
Connect, inspect and test the blasting circuit.
- Insert charges into drill holes
Transport explosives and safely load explosives into drill holes.
- Follow health and safety procedures in construction
Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.
- Safely detonate explosives
Follow procedures in safely detonating explosives for mining purposes.
- Examine area after blast
Control blast area to check whether all explosives were safely detonated; declare blast area safe.
- Report misfires
Report misfires to relevant parties, such as the mine shift coordinator, legal inspection personnel, and the explosives manufacturer.
- Check borehole depth
Check the depth of boreholes; make sure that they are clean.