In a typical work setting, roof bolters:
- 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.
- 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.