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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

Northern Strands Launches Saskatchewan's First Hydraulic Bridge Platform

Northern Strands is excited to announce the launch of Saskatchewan’s first Hydraulic Bridge Platform, the Hydra Platform HP 32! This specialized piece of bridge construction equipment has the potential to greatly reduce inspection, maintenance and repair down time of bridges throughout Saskatchewan.  Likely reducing bridge traffic lane down time.  This is very significant, in that bridge and road construction delays are always an area of concern for Saskatchewan residents. Not only will the Hydra Platform reduce down time, it was also designed with worker safety in mind. As opposed to traditional bridge inspection and repair methods used in North America, not a single worker death has occurred while using the Hydra Platform HP 32.

 The official launch took place last Friday at 1pm on Highways 16 and 11 overpass in the south end of Saskatoon.  A press release was sent out to media, municipalities and companies that would benefit from the usage of an under bridge access platform.  In attendance were construction companies, government officials and the media.  

We were very pleased that the Mayor of Saskatoon, Donald Atchison attended the launch of the Hydra Platform HP 32 and showed his support for a local company investing in Saskatchewan worker safety. 

CTV covered the launch of the under bridge aerial access platform, with it airing the same day on the 6pm news!  CTV does not have the link to Friday's news broadcast on their website for us to post.  However, we are still trying to procure the original broadcast footage and will hopefully have it to post in the future.  It was an excellent piece, with the opening line being, "A local company, Northern Strands is investing in Saskatchewan worker safety!"   

Below are a handful of pictures from the launch of Saskatchewan's first hydraulic bridge access platform:

Northern Strands Suspended Access Division employee Jason Okotinsky explaining the benefits of using the Hydra Platform.

 

 The Hydra Platform starting it's deployment over the edge of the overpass.

 

 The Hydra Platform arm extending away from tower

 

 Northern Strands Health and Safety Manager Terry Zerbin being interviewed by media.

 

 Mayor of Saskatoon, Donald Atchison discussing the Hydra Platform with Northern Strands employees.

 

Mayor Donald Atchison volunteers to take part in the Hydra Platform demonstration and climbs down the tower to take in the view from the platform arm.

We would like to thank all who attended, helped and participated in this important Northern Strands event.

Please see the link below to our brochure to learn more about how your company can benefit from renting the Hydra Platform HP 32:  

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

 Or visit Northern Strands Suspended Access Systems webpage for more information: http://www.northernstrands.com/suspended-access-systems.aspx

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