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Do your employee's need Fall Arrest Training?

If your employee's are using Fall Protection equipment, they need Fall Arrest Training.   The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association website states:

"If a worker at a worksite can fall 3 metres or more and is not protected by guardrails, the employer must develop a Fall Protection Plan that specifies:

Northern Strands runs regular Fall Arrest Training courses throughout Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.

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Fall Protection is serious business in Saskatchewan

Fall Protection legislation has changed in Saskatchewan.  These changes could seriously impact a person or business caught unaware.

Saskatchewan's Occupational Health and Safety Division conducts worksite and building inspections annually to ensure standards are known, understood and enforced.  Beginning July 1, 2014 they were given the authority to administer Summary Offence Tickets(SOT s) as a tool to enforce and protect occupational health and safety.  They are committed to an internal workplace responsibility system that recognizes that the efforts of the workplaces, not government, are the key in preventing occupational injuries.  Employers, contractors, owners, suppliers, self-employed persons, supervisors and workers can all be ticketed under this system.


Tugger Safety Training

Northern Strands has now added a Tugger Safety Training course to it's growing list of available courses.

The Northern Strands Tugger Safety Training course was developed to assist employers in complying with the above legislation and to address a seemingly high incident rate in the mining industry that relates to general tugger operation. The aim of the course is to give students the information they need to properly inspect and operate a tugger as well as to try and change the climate of complacency that seems to have engulfed these extremely powerful and potentially hazardous machines.

Some concepts discussed in the Tugger Safety Training are:

  • Proper anchoring techniques for different substrata Anchorage pull testing procedures
  • Tugger inspection criteria Effective communication guidelines
  • The duties of operators and designated signallers
  • The OH&S Regulations pertaining to tugger and winch use in Saskatchewan.
  • Important rigging concepts will be reviewed as tugger operation and rigging go hand in hand.

Northern Strands is able to accommodate this training seminar on-site, provided a suitable work area is available, or at one of Northern Strands' facilities.

Contact us at 306.242.7073 or email for more information.

Crosby Rigging Training


Northern Strands provides Crosby Rigging Training, an industry wide recognized standard for basic rigging principles.  This seminar aims to ensure students are well versed in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environment and proper rigging practices.  Students will have the opportunity to question a knowledgeable instructor on industry and/or site-specific rigging practices as they go through the material.  Several "rigging myths" will be dispelled; highlighting the errors of some status quo rigging practices that take place on a far too regular basis.

 The Crosby Rigging Training seminar will demonstrate:


·         How to properly inspect slings and rigging hardware.

·         Application of slings and rigging hardware.

·         Load estimation/calculation.

·         General safe rigging practices.

·         Forces that rigging may be subjected to.

 To book training or for more information, please call 306-242-7073 or email



Long Term Storage of Mining Ropes

The Mining Division is often asked what is the best method of long term storage for mining ropes.  These mining ropes should be:

1. Kept from the elements (ie. covered in tarps).  When ropes are stored outside, the site should be carefully chose to keep ropes out of the direct sunlight.

2. Stored in a ventilated area, avoid condensation, and limit the maximum ambient air temperature.

3. Rotated 180 degrees every 6 months.

4. Kept off the ground via timbers.  Ropes should be stored on a level and hard surface.  Rope should not come in contact with the ground and not stored on a cinder or ash floor, in proximity to sulphur, acid fumes, or mines tailing.

5. Kept dry to inhibit corrosion.

Contact us at or call 306-242-7073 for more information.


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