General Assistant x3 | Omnia

Duties
▪ Risk assessment and Safe work declarations to be done with the blaster at the place of work before entering workplace as per client requirements
▪ Assisting the blaster for preparing the blast / charge-up area by meeting all the statutory, legal, client and BME requirements/standards/prescriptions
▪ Together with the Blaster, inspects the site to determine the target block and to plan the blasting process
▪ Marks off the working area by erecting the prescribed barricading material as prescribed by the client
▪ Required to map the holes to ensure that all the required holes correctly placed
▪ Required to measure and check the depth of the holes, and to ensure that they are all correctly drilled within the prescribed parameters
▪ In the event of detecting any deviations from prescriptions, responsible for behaving assertively and taking the necessary steps to rectify matters, e.g, by interacting and communicating to mine staff, drill contractor or the Foreman
▪ On instruction from the Blaster, required to collect the correct accessories to carry out the blasting assignment successfully
▪ Responsible to place all detonators and boosters at the collar of the hole to prepare for priming of the blast holes as per the blast plan issued by the mine
▪ Responsible for priming the holes by carefully inserting detonators into boosters, attaching weigh-down material to the primer, and lower this primer in the hole under the supervision of the blaster
▪ Make sure that the primer is anchored at the collar of the hole
▪ Required to ensure that holes are pumped with explosive to the right level in the hole by assisting in re-checking the stemming with measuring tape or twine
▪ Once satisfied that the pumping process has been satisfactorily completed, required to fill the holes by spade / skidsteer / stemming loader or stemming truck with the available stemming material
▪ Required to complete the timing design by connecting the accessories to one another under the supervision of the blaster
▪ Required to assist in the fault finding and checking of the tie-up of the holes
▪ Required to assist with the charging of secondary and pre-split holes with cartridge explosives under the direct supervision of a blaster
▪ Required to ensure that all personnel and vehicles are cleared from and are at a safe distance from the detonation area
▪ Required to be place as a blast guard to ensure no person enters the blasting area
▪ Required to ensure that the required number of guards are set up at key points so that unauthorised or unsafe entry into the area can be prevented
▪ Responsible for all housekeeping and around the area of the blast pattern
▪ Assisting in the housekeeping of the blasting vehicles (LDV’s, trucks and stemming loaders), all blasting equipment and blasting consumables

Qualifications
▪ Grade 12

Experience
▪ Experience in mining environment
▪ Experience in blasting assistant

Job Competencies
▪ Customer Focused
▪ Attention to detail
▪ Numeric skills
▪ Assertive
▪ Able to take control
▪ Systematic
▪ Planning and Organising
▪ Following Instructions and Procedures
▪ Deciding and Initiating Action
▪ Delivering Results and Meeting Customer Expectations
▪ Applying Expertise and Technology
▪ Coping with Pressures and Setbacks
▪ Adhering to Principles and Values