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Blasters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, explosives workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are substantially responsible for the safety of others on the work site.
  • Communicate on a daily basis by telephone and in person.
  • Often work as part of a team.
  • Have a medium to high level of social contact.
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  • Are greatly responsible for the work performed by others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Are constantly exposed to hazardous conditions.
  • Nearly always work outdoors. They often work in open equipment.
  • Always wear protective attire, such as hard hats and ear plugs.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures when working outdoors.
  • Are regularly exposed to contaminants.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment and situations.
  • Are sometimes exposed to whole body vibration when blasting or drilling.
  • Are sometimes exposed to high work places that require ladders to reach them.
  • May be exposed to low lighting conditions when working in underground mines.
  • May sometimes travel around and to work sites in a truck or van.
  • May work physically close to others, such as within a few feet.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and be sure all details are done. Errors could seriously injure themselves and other workers.
  • Often make decisions that strongly impact others. They often seek advice from others before acting.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must allow work pace to be determined by the speed of equipment and explosive devices.
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  • Usually consult a supervisor before setting daily tasks and goals.
  • Work in a stressful atmosphere where daily deadlines must be met.


  • May travel to work sites outside their local area.
  • Usually work full time. Schedules may vary.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.