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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

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."

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

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