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Roof Bolters

Roof Bolters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, roof bolters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of their coworkers.
  • Have a high level of social contact. They communicate with supervisors or coworkers most of the time.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes.
  • Communicate with coworkers and supervisors daily in person.
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  • Work in a group or as part of a team.
  • Sometimes must handle conflict situations in which others may be unpleasant, angry, or discourteous.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always wear safety clothing or protective gear.
  • Are always exposed to noise levels that are uncomfortable. The machines they operate can be loud.
  • Are exposed to contaminants on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to hazardous equipment on a daily basis.
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  • Always are exposed to inadequate lighting.
  • Are always exposed to cramped work places that require working in awkward positions, such as on their knees or back.
  • Are always exposed to hazardous conditions, such as breathing coal dust.
  • Are exposed to hazardous situations daily. These situations may produce cuts or minor burns.
  • Are often exposed to very hot conditions in underground mines.
  • Sometimes wear specialized safety clothing or protective gear.
  • Are sometimes exposed to whole body vibration, such as when operating machinery.
  • Often work indoors in an environment that is not environmentally controlled. May on occasion work outdoors.
  • Work mostly in an open vehicle or equipment, such as underground mining machinery.
  • Work near coworkers, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.

Work Performance

  • Must keep pace with the speed of equipment or machinery.
  • Must be sure their work is exact. Errors could endanger the safety of miners.
  • Must meet strict deadlines on a daily basis.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
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  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact coworkers. They rarely consult with supervisors before making decisions.
  • Are able to set some tasks for the day without consulting with a supervisor.
  • Are moderately competitive with coworkers.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Usually work full time. The average worker in the mining industry works 45 hours a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.