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How Do Fall Arrest Lanyards Work?

Did you know that a wire rope lanyard designed for fall arrest is not the same as a wire rope sling that is designed for lifting? 

When used as a fall arrest lanyard, wire rope by itself is unable to absorb any type of energy. Because there is no elasticity or stretch, this will subject a worker to a injury or even a potential amount of fatal arrest-force should they happen to fall while wearing it.

When wire rope is used as a connecting device, it is absolutely essential that a Personal Energy Absorber is used along with it.  A PEA should actually be used with any lanyard or connecting device that allows for potential free fall, despite the fact that the webbing or rope of some lanyard types does actually absorb small amounts of energy. 

Most jurisdictions, including Saskatchewan, prohibit fall forces in excess of 8 kilonewtons. Therefore, employers are legally required to ensure that a personal fall arrest system used by their employees is set up in order to prevent arrest forces in excess of 1800 pounds.

The amount of force a human body can withstand has not technically been verified by modern science. Less arrest force is generally easier on a person's body than more fall force. Additional information on this topic can be found here.

Wire rope slings should never be used as connecting devices in a Personal Fall Arrest System; it will subject a falling worker to more fall force than a proper energy-absorbing lanyard would.

Northern Strands provides training on both the proper use of fall arrest equipment and the proper use of rigging equipment. If you would like more information one either of these programs, please contact us.

Contact us at:
training@northernstrands.com  
306-242-7073

Need a Sling Ratings Chart?

Being a company that specializes in rigging, we are often asked for working load limits for wire rope slings, synthetic slings, chain slings and polyester round slings.   We have attached a Sling Ratings Chart for the convenience of our valued customers.

Sling Ratings Chart.pdf (324.61 kb)

Trivia:  Did you know that Northern Strands is the largest supplier of wire rope and rigging in Saskatchewan?

 

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

 

Northern Strands recieves accolades for excellent service!

Recently the company, "Concept Group" had round slings made for them by Northern Strands.  Soon after, Concept Group sent an email praising Northern Strands service and knowledge .

Here is the portion of that email discussing our service.

“One of our guys was in earlier today to purchase 20 slings from you folks.  By the way he says you were very knowledgeable and fantastic to work/deal with.”

Thank you Concept Group for your high praise of our knowledgeable employees!  Northern Strands Warehouse proudly employees some of the most technically trained and knowledgeable employees in the industry.

Northern Strands Warehouse/Rigging Division

Our Capabilities:
• Northern Strands has Saskatchewan’s largest inventory of
  wire rope available from 1/16” to 2” in standard sizes and
  5.5mm to 26mm in metric sizes.
• Large selection of rigging products.
• Distributor for some of the largest world class
  manufacturers in our industry including The Crosby
  Group, Gunnebo Johnson, Thern, Unitex and Vitali.
Crane rope inspections.
• Assistance in the development of rigging and lifting
  plans for your job.
• Technically trained sales staff. We have the answers to
  your questions.
Certificate of compliance for rigging products. Safe and
  approved for every job.
• Custom built products. i.e. material baskets, chain and
  wire rope slings, etc.
Vertical and horizontal test bed services.

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

 

 

 

Did you know that Northern Strands is the largest supplier of wire rope and rigging in Saskatchewan?

Northern Strands Rigging Division is a full-service facility operating out of Saskatoon and Regina with the ability to fabricate custom chain and wire rope slings up to 1-1/2”. We have a vast inventory of synthetic lifting slings, chain hoists, lever hoists, shackles, trolleys, winches ,tuggers , and other general rigging hardware. Our network of suppliers and in-house expertise is leveraged for the benefit of our customers.

Capabilities:

  • Northern Strands has Saskatchewan’s largest inventory of
    wire rope available from 1/16” to 2” in standard sizes and
    5.5mm to 26mm in metric sizes.
  • Large selection of rigging products.
  • Distributor for some of the largest world class
    manufacturers in our industry including The Crosby
    Group, Gunnebo Johnson, Thern, Unitex and Vitali.
  • Crane rope inspections.
  • Assistance in the development of rigging and lifting
    plans for your job.
  • Technically trained sales staff. We have the answers to
    your questions.
  • Certificate of compliance for rigging products. Safe and
    approved for every job.
  • Custom built products. i.e. material baskets, chain and
    wire rope slings, etc.
  • Vertical and horizontal test bed services.

Here is the link to our Rigging webpage on the Northern Strands website:

http://www.northernstrands.com/wire-rope-rigging.aspx 

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Northern Strands featured in Business and Industry Magazine!

Northern Strands is on the cover of Business and Industry Magazine!  We are featured in the Mining edition of the magazine.  It's our 45th Anniversary and this is a great start to the year.  This is an exciting time for Northern Strands.  Check out the fantastic cover!  You might recognize him...

The article mentions all 5 divisions of Northern Strands and how we have evolved into the company we are today.   Mining and Attachments, General Rigging, Engineered Fall Protection, Suspended Access and Training are all referenced.   Very interesting article with some great quotes from our owner, Mr. Clarke.

Here is the link to the PDF of the article! 

Northern Strands cover page and article in Business and Industry Magazine.pdf (2.37 mb)

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