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Should Outrigger Tiebacks for Powered Suspended Access Equipment Be Wire Rope?

In the industry there is a misconception that portable outrigger beams and parapet clamps being used with powered suspended access equipment can be tied back using fibre rope, and often times it is old vertical lifeline rope that is used for this application.  However, using rope in this application is an incorrect practice.


Under the national CSA Safety Code For Suspended Platforms, the tieback cables for portable outriggers and parapet clamps must be of equal strength as the primary suspension rope.  Since most powered climbers use a 5/16” or 8.4mm diameter wire rope that has a breaking strength of 10,000+lbs, the use of 5/8” polysteel lifeline (which has a breaking strength of only 9,000 lbs when new) is not adequate.  In addition to that, ropes are usually terminated at the anchors with knots, and ANY knot will reduce the strength of rope by at least 25%.  While ropes of the proper strength and construction (and when terminated with the proper approved knots) can be used with rope access systems and manual bosun’s chairs, they should never be used with any powered suspended equipment that has wire rope as the primary suspension line.


At Northern Strands, we will always supply the proper tieback cables and wire rope clips for this connection, and provide complete instruction on proper rigging of tieback cables as part of our Suspended Access Equipment Training course.

The picture below shows an example of a correct outrigger tieback with wire rope

For more information visit http://www.northernstrands.com/suspended-access-systems.aspx

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Northerns Strands Wire Rope

Thanks to the experience and expertise of our people, Northern Strands is able to deliver added value from the start of your project whether feasibility, upgrade or modification. Northern Strands Mining, Wire Rope, Attachments & Equipment Division excels by providing a wide range of equipment and services, by being the best full service provider of wire ropes, attachments, equipment and service.

With health and safety in mind, Northern Strands has been supplying industry since 1970, evolving into five major divisions that offer needed tools and technical knowledge in mine hoisting and attachments, general rigging, engineered fall protection, suspended access and training. Thanks to the experience and expertise of our people, Northern Strands is able to deliver added value from the start of your project whether feasibility, upgrade or modification. The design and planning stages are where the greatest potential for profitability for our customers is found.

Northern Strands Suspended Access

Northern Strands offers the largest rental fleet of suspended access equipment in Saskatchewan. We offer standard suspended access configurations along with specialized platforms and lifting systems such as wind turbine maintenance solutions. We rent and sell Blade Access Platforms. For blade inspection and repair operations, suspended platforms offer a safe, productive, and cost-effective alternative to crane and ground-based lifts.

With health and safety in mind, Northern Strands has been supplying industry since 1970, evolving into five major divisions that offer needed tools and technical knowledge in mine hoisting and attachments, general rigging, engineered fall protection, suspended access and training. Thanks to the experience and expertise of our people, Northern Strands is able to deliver added value from the start of your project whether feasibility, upgrade or modification. The design and planning stages are where the greatest potential for profitability for our customers is found.

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program Bringing Happiness to Those Who Need It The Most

The Therapy Dog Program provided by St. John Ambulance has been a positive and uplifting experience for all those involved for over 20 years now.  Therapy Dogs and their owners typically visit seniors homes, hospitals, and university campuses.   The Therapy Dog provides comfort to those who need it the most, the elderly, sick and the mentally stressed. 

Therefore, Northern Strands was happy to sponsor Mackenzie Clarke and her Golden Retriever Nika, in their quest to become a Therapy Dog Team.  There is more to the process than one might think.  St. John's Ambulance has a stringent qualification process to becoming a Therapy Dog Team.  Not every dog is guaranteed to make the cut. 

Dogs must be

  • Accepting of a friendly stranger.
  • Sit calmly for petting.
  • Walk on a loose leash.
  • Walk through a crowd (including wheelchairs)
  • Sit on command/staying in place.
  • React well to another dog or to distractions (noise, jogger, etc).

Luckily, Mackenzie and Nika were up to the challenge!  With Nika being well trained and of good temperament, they passed.  

The next step of the process was to find placement for Mackenzie and Nika.  At first it was suggested they try the U of S and help relieve student stress.  Not a bad idea, yet Mackenzie had an alternative location in mind.  A place where she believed her and Nika could have the biggest impact on the residents.  Mackenzie believed the Sherbrooke Care Home to be that place.  The residents would greatly appreciate the comfort and friendliness of Nika.  In fact, Mackenzie and Nika would end up making multiple visits to Sherbrooke.  With those visits focusing on those with metal disabilities.  When we asked Mackenzie, "How did the residents of Sherbrooke respond to Nika?"  She stated with a big smile on her face, "They really liked her and I could tell it made them happy that she was there."

Northern Strands would like to commend Mackenzie and her dog Nika in their efforts to improve the lives of others.  Thank you from all of us at Northern Stands.

If you would like to learn more about the Therapy Dog program please visit http://www.sja.ca/English/Community-Services/Pages/Therapy%20Dog%20Services/default.aspx 

Mackenzie and Therapy Dog Nika shown in photo below

Northern Strands Crosby Shrimp Boil and Rigging Training Event a Huge Success!

On June 1st Northern Strands hosted the Crosby Shrimp Boil and Rigging Training event.  Crosby picks only 4 companies a year in North America to host this event.  It took months of careful planning and teamwork to make the event a success.  

We started at the Travelodge for Rigging Training.  We had excellent attendance for the Crosby Rigging Course.  Over 80 people attend training!  Crosby Group gave an excellent course on rigging.  The Crosby trainer covered everything from rigging inspection to how the working load limit can vary between different types of rigging hardware.

Did you know that Northern Strands offers a variety of safety training courses? i.e. Fall Arrest Training, Rigging Training, Winch Training, First Aid Training, Suspended Access Training, Wirelock Socketing Training, Emergency Medical Responder Training, Medical First Responder Training, Intermediate First Aid Training and more.

After training, we all headed over to Northern Strands for the second half of our event.  The Crosby Shrimp Boil!  This is the part everyone was waiting for.  The meal consisted of sausage, peppers, corn, mushrooms, baby potatoes and of course shrimp.  See the attached PDF for the full recipe.

Shrimp boil dinner.pdf (138.67 kb)

 

At the Shrimp Boil we provided demonstrations on Northern Strands new Mobile Test Center.   We pulled rigging to destruction and showed how damaged rigging will readily break below the working load limit.  Our new Mobile Test Center was engineered and fabricated for Northern Strands by our sister company Fortis Mining Engineering & Manufacturing.  

Northern Strands is now offering free, "Is Your Rigging Safe Demonstration's" to qualified customers.  We will bring our Mobile Test Center on site for your demonstration.  See the attached brochure for detail on how to book your rigging safety demonstration.

Is Your Rigging Safe Demonstration Brochure.pdf (1.25 mb)

In addition to the pull to destruction demonstrations, we offered tours of our Northern Strands rigging warehouse facilities.  We had employees giving demonstrations on how we fabricate 1" wire rope slings in our sling bay.

Northern Strands would like to thank all of our clients that attended the Northern strands Shrimp Boil and Training Event.  We hope you all enjoyed the training, dinner, pull testing demonstrations and tours of our rigging warehouse.  

Here are a few more great pictures from the Northern Strands Crosby Shrimp Boil!

 

 

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