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Mine labourers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 8614

Mine labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties to assist in the extraction of coal, minerals and ore, and in other services in support of underground mining. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines.

Job Duties for Mine labourers

  • Assist other mine workers in maintaining or constructing underground installations
  • Clean underground rooms, roadways, working areas and mining equipment and conveyances using hand tools
  • Load, move, sort and pile materials and supplies
  • Clear spills of ore or coal using hand and power tools
  • May cut core and prepare core sample boxes in support of mine exploration
  • Assist other workers in prospecting for mineral deposits and perform various tasks related to general geophysical surveys.

Working Conditions for Mine labourers

Work is performed in underground mines, where workers may be exposed to potential hazards; these include exposure to chemicals used in mining, loud noises and working near large, moving machinery. High-level safety standards ensure that work sites stick to strict safety regulations, including requirements of wearing eye and ear protection, protective clothing with reflectors, gloves, hard hats and steel-toed boots. Since mines are often located in remote areas, mine labourers may have to travel and live at the mine's camp facilities while working.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Chute Puller
  • Coal Sampler
  • Core Cutter
  • Core Splitter
  • Grizzly Worker - Underground Mining
  • Labour - Mining Exploration
  • Limestone Spreader - Underground Mining
  • Mine Check Weigher
  • Mine Helper
  • Mine Helper - Underground Mining
  • Mine Labourer
  • Miner Helper - Underground Mining
  • Pipeworker Helper - Underground Mining
  • Pit Scaler - Underground Mining
  • Pit-scaler Helper
  • Powder Carrier - Underground Mining
  • Rock Duster - Underground Mining
  • Shoveller - Underground Mining
  • Slate Picker
  • Stone Duster - Underground Mining
  • Timber And Steel Prop Salvager
  • Timber And Steel Prop Setter Helper
  • Timbering And Steel Prop Setting Helper
  • Timberman/woman Helper - Underground Mining
  • Underground Helper - Mining
  • Underground Labourer - Mining
  • Underground Mine Labourer
  • Chute Puller
  • Mine Helper
  • Mine Labourer
  • Miner Helper - Underground Mining
  • Pit Scaler - Underground Mining
  • Shoveller - Underground Mining
  • Underground Labourer - Mining