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  • Posted: Jun 9, 2023
    Deadline: Not specified
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    Newmont is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company’s world-class portfolio of assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa.
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    Blast Person

    About The Job

    About This Role

    • To perform technical activities to Newmont in charging blastholes in a safe and controlled manner.

    In This Role You Will
    Blast Execution Planning:

    • Communicate with and receive instruction from the Blasting Supervisor and follow the specified instruction and charging plan, prior to the execution of activities.
    • Conduct field tests in determining the depth of the blast hole and input data into dip-plus to determine the quantity and type of the bulk explosive required.
    • Reconcile blasting initiation product quantities before obtaining final sign off from the Supervisor.
    • Conduct pre-blast tests on relevant systems, in the case of electronic detonation.
    • Undertake the priming of all blast holes.
    • Install physical critical controls (i.e. barricade cones and coloured signage), prior to blasting.

    Blast Execution:

    • Inspect all drill holes and implement remediation action in preparation for charging.
    • Assemble primer charges using selected detonators, fuses, detonating cords and other materials.
    • Manually load explosives in blast holes and / or supervise and direct bulk explosive trucks onto the blasting pattern to charge holes.
    • Connect electrical wires, detonating cords or fuses into primer / series and connect series to blasting machines.
    • Join surface connectors to downlines.
    • Follow the tie-up plan according to standard task procedures (STP’s).
    • Conduct final inspections to assure that all blasting connections have been made safely and correctly.
    • Conduct and maintain QA / QC standards during blasting activities.
    • Manage, store and transport explosives and accessories according to strict safety regulations and observe Newmont safety procedures and processes at all times.
    • Report on and maintain accurate inventory of explosives.
    • Compile records of blasting activities using specified templates and forward to the Supervisor.

    General Execution:

    • Plan and prioritise own activities on a daily basis.
    • Read instructions or diagrams to lay out explosives in accordance to the tie-up plan.
    • Obtain the necessary equipment and consumables required to execute tasks from the Supervisor.
    • Assure that all works-in-progress and activities meet specifications, codes and regulations.
    • Contribute to the achievement of blasting targets.
    • Participate in regular toolbox and safety meetings
    • Participate in further training for upskilling purposes.
    • Provide verbal feedback to the Supervisor on the activities completed for the day.

    Stakeholder Management and Engagement:

    • Liaise with the Stemming Loader Operators to commence stemming activities.
    • Support Shot Firers in the connection of tie-ups.
    • Liaise with the Shot Firer to issue the go-ahead for blasting to commence.

    Health and Safety Management:

    • Initiate steps to block entry into the pit including blasting- in-progress sign and barricade cones, maintain road block during pre and post-blasting to uphold the highest safety standards.
    • Verify that the demarcated blast areas are safe and secure to promote worker health and safety.
    • Conduct final blasting area safety inspection and signal personnel to clear the blasting zone, prior to firing the blast pattern.
    • Inspect work areas and ensure all areas comply with internal Newmont and external regulatory standards.
    • Comply with safe blasting procedures.
    • Maintain a strong focus of safety throughout all activities.
    • Provide hands-on assistance during operations activities to fellow colleagues to ensure that safe work practices are followed.
    • Attend daily pre-shift safety meetings.

    Your Training, Skills & Experience Checklist:

    • Senior High School Certificate.

    Additional Knowledge:

    • Blasting Certificate.
    • Sound knowledge of various explosive types.
    • Sound knowledge in blasting accessories.
    • General knowledge in mid-to-heavy equipment operation.


    • Minimum of 1 – 2 years’ blasting experience in a large open pit mining environment.
    • Experience in electronic and non-electronic detonation.

    Technical Skills:

    • Strong risk management skills.
    • Strong safety orientation skills.
    • Strong maths skills.
    • Strong listening skills.
    • Strong concentration skills.
    • Sound planning, organising and prioritising skills.
    • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Sound technical communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
    • Sound information monitoring skills.
    • Ability to follow hazardous material procedures.
    • Ability to follow verbal directions and hand signals.
    • Ability to stay focused.

    Behavioural Attributes:

    • Accuracy.
    • Continuous learning.
    • Detail oriented.
    • Flexibility.
    • Takes Initiative.
    • Judgment.
    • Manual dexterity.
    • Precise.
    • Proactive.
    • Reliable and independent.
    • Safety Conscious.
    • Self-Motivated.
    • Team Player.
    • Technically Inclined.
    • Tenacity.

    Working Conditions:

    • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.
    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
    • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to sit at a desk for extended periods, climb stairs, walk and stand.
    • Work Environment: The noise level in the field environment is high. The incumbent is frequently exposed to dangerous environments, noise, fumes, high temperatures, hazardous materials, sharp edges, dust, pinch-points, vibration, slippery surfaces, and extreme weather conditions.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Work requires mandatory PPE such as a helmet, goggles, highly visible clothing, safety harness, ear plugs and dust mask according to working conditions.
    • The Incumbent has to work overtime.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Newmont Corporation on to apply

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