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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

"Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated."

Suspended Access designs unique Portable Electric Winch System

Northern Strands Suspended Access Division has designed a unique Portable Electric Winch System for material handling. Why did we design a Portable Electric Winch System?  To offer an alternative to Air Winches.  Our Portable Electric Winch System was designed with portability and ease of use in mind.  

Who can benefit from the use of this unique winch?   Iron workers, sheeters, insulators, industrial mechanical contractors, plant maintenance workers and anyone that has a need for temporary hoisting solutions in a somewhat confined space.

Features include:

  • Capacity from 300lbs to 2000lbs depending on the weighted base.
  • Variable speed.
  • Accurate load weight readout.
  • Anti two-block.
  • Positive controls.
  • Controlled decent.
  • Counter weighted system, no need to fasten unit to structure.
  • No need for a compressor.
  • Overload protection.
  • Ease of use.
  • Long pendant control keeps operator away from the suspended load.

Our Portable Electric Winches are available to rent today!

Contact our Suspended Access Division for all your material handling, work platform, tugger, winch and swing stage needs.   Our products are available to rent throughout Canada.

Visit our website at http://www.northernstrands.com/suspended-access-systems.aspx  

staging@northernstrand.com                                                                                                    

Phone 306-242-7073. 

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

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