Many people don’t understand what it takes to be a miner… The stress, the physical strain, the psychological load inside the galleries… Let’s take a look at a typical “job description”.
Miners operate equipment to excavate, load and transport coal, ore, mineral sand and rock, either underground or in open-cut mines.
Miners may perform the following tasks:
- cut drives into the ore body using specialist equipment
- extract coal or ore by drilling, blasting or excavating
- load ore onto mine cars, trucks or conveyors for transport to the stockpile or entrance of mine
- undertake development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
- support the walls and roofs in underground mines with rock bolts and erect wooden or steel props, pillars and arches
- install lighting, pumps, cabling and other equipment to service the mine
- monitor the operation of plants and ensure the safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations
- operate auxiliary plants (such as pumps) to expel air, water and mud.