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Proper Rigging Techniques...Have You Ever Done This When Rigging?

Picture this: You’re connecting a sling to a swivel hoist ring using a screw pin shackle.  You get the sling nestled nice and comfy in the bow of the shackle and put the ears around the bail of the hoist ring.  You insert the shackle pin through the ears of the shackle (being careful to catch the bail on the way through) and you twist it until it’s tight against the side of the shackle.  You’re about to fly the load but wait, you forgot something! A supervisor told you that the pin is supposed to be backed off 1/4th of a turn! How could you have forgotten?!


If you’ve ever been in this situation before, we have some news for you.  The American Society of Mechanical Engineers states quite plainly in its B30.26 standard for Rigging Hardware “screw pin threads shall be fully engaged and tight, and the shoulder should be in contact with the shackle body” prior to any lift.


With rigging especially, there seems to be a lot of industry practices that came about without consulting the manufacturer and this is one of the many examples we cover in our Crosby Rigging Seminars.  One of our trainers goals during the training is to point out where there are no grey areas; if the manufacturer of a product has written procedures for its use and we don’t follow them then who is being negligent?  Proper rigging techniques should always be used to avoid accidents and injuries.


If you’re now wondering if there are any other rigging situations or practices that might not be up to par, please don’t hesitate to contact our professional Safety Trainers. 

We offer a variety of Safety Training courses for the mining and construction industries.  We also offer Emergency Responder courses.

Here is a full list of our Safety Courses:

  • Crosby Rigging Training
  • Fall Arrest Safety Training
  • Tugger Safety Training
  • Wirelock Socketing Training
  • Suspended Access Equipment Training
  • First Aid / CPR Training
  • Emergency Medical Responder Training
  • Medical Frist Responder Training
  • Intermediate Level First Aid Training
  • Firefighter Advanced First Aid

Contact Northern Strands to book your next Safety Course at 306-242-7073 by email training@northernstrands.com or visit or webpage to learn more http://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx 

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

What are the Manufacturing Capabilites of the Northern Strands Rigging Warehouse?

Did you know that Northern Strands is the largest manufacture of rigging products in Saskatchewan?  Our Rigging Warehouse has the ability to manufacture many different types of custom wire rope and rigging products.

Here is a list of custom wire rope and rigging products our warehouse can manufacture:

  • Spreader beams
  • Lifting beams
  • Material baskets
  • Wire rope slings
  • Man baskets
  • Overhead lifting chain slings
  • Transport chain assemblies
  • Jib cranes
  • Gantry cranes
  • D-plates
  • Synthetic tow cables
  • Wire rope and synthetic winch lines
  • Double braid tow rope
  • Double braid nylon and polyester tow ropes
  • 8 strand platted superdan tow ropes
  • Polysteel fall protection lifelines
  • Fall protection anchor slings
  • Flemish eye wire rope slings
  • Thimble eye wire rope slings
  • Resin poured spelter sockets
  • Four legged wire rope slings
  • Three legged wire rope slings
  • Two legged wire rope slings
  • Multi legged wire rope slings
  • Harrow cable assemblies
  • Tow cables for tractors
  • Draw bar assemblies
  • Custom threaded studs
  • Rail car puller wire rope
  • Miscellaneous wire rope assemblies
  • Overhead alloy chain assemblies
  • Grade 100 overhead lifting chain assemblies
  • Galvanized stainless steel wire rope assemblies
  • Logging chokers
  • Swagged sockets

We also fabricate custom lifting devices for mining, construction, agriculture industries. 

Here are some examples of custom lifting devices we've produced:

  • Custom plate lifters
  • Coil lifters

Examples of products we've fabricated lifting devices for:

  • Concrete blocks
  • Secan containers

All of Northern Strands rigging products come with a certificate of compliance.

Northern Strands rigging division has technically trained sales staff that can assist you with the development of rigging and lifting plans.   

Contact us today for a quote on your next custom wire rope or rigging product.  Phone 306-242-7073,  email sales@northernstrands.com or visit our website http://www.northernstrands.com/wire-rope-rigging.aspx

 

Did you know Northern Strands has been locally owned and operated for over 45 years?

Northern Strands HP 32 Under Bridge Access Platform Successfully Completes Challenging Bridge Inspection

So, you have to complete a structural inspection of the piers and pile caps of a bridge over a live and busy train track….how do you complete this safely?
You use the HP-32 Hydra Platform, that’s how.

With the challenge of not being able to erect scaffolding from below a bridge, not being able to park a man-lift of any kind on the tracks, and the time constraints of only 1 day to complete your inspection, your options are limited. Fortunately, our HP-32 Hydra Platform completed this task successfully, requiring only 1 traffic lane of closure on the TransCanada Highway.  Being a self-contained unit with very short deployment time of less than 10 minutes, we were able to work around the trains schedules, sometimes given only 30 minutes between trains.  And yet we were still able to get the inspection contractor down underneath the bridge to perform a variety of tasks, and back topside safely without impacting the trains schedule.

Have a similar challenge, or any bridge that requires maintenance or inspection?  Interested in learning more about how Northern Strands under bridge access equipment can make your bridge inspections and repairs easier and more cost effective? 

See the link to our Hydra Platform Brochure below.

Northern Strands Hydra Platform HP 32 Brochure.pdf (1.10 mb)

Contact our Suspended Access Division to discuss renting our Hydra HP 32.  Email staging@northernstrands.com , call 306-242-7073 or visit our webpage http://www.northernstrands.com/suspended-access-systems.aspx

Picture of the Hydra Platform HP 32 deploying under a bridge.

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Proper Fall Protection Harness Fitting

One of the most asked questions in Fall Arrest Training is, "Do my fall arrest harness straps need to be tight?".   Yes, it is extremely important that your harness straps be tight and your harness fit properly.  A degloving injury is one type of injury that can result from improper fitting of a fall arrest harness.   Which is an extremely painful injury. 

How do you know if your harness leg straps are fitted properly?  One method is the Hand/Fist Test.

To determine if your fall arrest harness leg straps are adjusted properly, follow these basic steps:
1. Make your hand flat.
2. Insert your hand between your leg and the leg strap until the strap is across your wrist.
3. Make your hand into a fist.
4. Try to pull your fist in between the leg strap and your leg.

Did fist make it through? If so your leg straps need to be tightened until you cannot pull your fist out.  If you weren’t able to complete step 2 above then your leg straps are actually too tight.  As you may know, properly fitting the full body harness leg straps is just one small part of using fall arrest equipment.

To receive more information on proper fall arrest harness fitting, fall arrest equipment or fall protection training please contact the Northern Strands Safety Training Division at 306-242-7073, by email training@northernstrands.com or visit our website http://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx 

Attached is our recently completed Safety Training Brochure.   This brochure contains information on safety training courses for the construction, mining and emergency responder industries.

Northern Strands Safety Training Brochure.pdf (2.34 mb) 

In addition to training, Northern Strands Engineered Fall Protection Division offers a variety of fall protection systems, solutions and services. Custom-engineered solutions can be designed to suit specific requirements.   For more information you can call 306-242-7073, email lifelines@northernstrands.com or visit our website http://www.northernstrands.com/fall-protection.aspx

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Northern Strands Releases New Mining Wire Rope Catalogue

Northern Strands is excited to announce the release of our Mining Wire Rope Catalogue!  Our catalogue contains detailed info on numerous types of mining ropes including hoisting, surface mining, balance and guide ropes.  Plus, our catalogue offers descriptions of mining wire rope applications and features to help you pick the best wire rope for the job.  It also informs the public of the top brands Northern Strands carries in wire rope lubricants, attachments and linersRecently Northern Strands has become the North American supplier for Becorit hoist drum liners and the Canadian supplier for Corelube wire rope lubrication products.

Below is a downloadable PDF of our Mining Wire Rope Catalogue.     

Northern Strands Mining Wire Rope Catalogue Email Version.pdf (6.24 mb)

The above PDF is a convenient email size, but is not a high resolution printable version.  Email info@northernstrands.com to request a quality printed copy of our Mining Wire Rope Catalogue.  

Watch for our Mining Wire Rope Attachments Catalogue that will be released in the near future.

To request information or a quote on Mining Wire Ropes please contact:

Les Nimmo
Mining Rope Technical Sales
Phone: 306-242-7073
Email: lnimmo@northernstrands.com

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated

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