During the spring of 2018, Northern Strands Wire Rope Division provided the wire rope for the Cloudraker Skybridge at Whistler Peak. Ranging 130 m from Whistler Peak to the West Ridge, the Cloudraker Skybridge crosses above the Whistler Bowl.
Northern Strands supplied the galvanized rope with a breaking strength that exceeds 500,000 lbs that was used for the bridge.
Northern Strands Wire Rope & Cables division is capable of supplying a variety of ropes that can be customized to any project.
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Northern Strands is one of the top lifting lug and d-plate suppliers in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. Locally owned and operated since 1970, Northern Strands has continuously provided a wide variety of industries with the best prices on industrial equipment and supplies.
Lifting lugs have been available from Northern Strands for many years and have been used by local farmers, construction companies, and underground mines across Canada. Lifting lugs are an essential component for for rigging and are a popular product in Northern Strands Industrial Supplies Warehouse.
Northern Strands also offers a variety of specialty equipment including D-plates, maneuvering glands, reeving sockets, safety blocks, and much more. D-plates are offered in various sizes including 2, 4, 5, and 12 Tons. All D-plates are proof loaded to 125%. Northern Strands' D-plates are engineered stamped and can be re-certified.
If you have any questions and would like more information on Northern Strands D-plates and Lifting Lugs, or have inquiries about any of Northern Strands' rigging products, please contact us!
Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri
3235 Millar Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3
Northern Strand was honored to accept the Agriculture Equipment Innovation Award at Agri-Trade 2018 for our cutting edge Bin Safe System. The Agriculture Innovation Award is given to a company that celebrates new ideas, helps farmers meet new requirements, or provides a product to help meet new and changing needs in the agricultural sector. The judges for the Innovation Award are farmers; those who actually use agricultural products on their farm or ranch. The $1,500 price given to Northern Strands was donated to the Northern Strands Group of Companies' charity of choice, the Children's Wish Foundation of Saskatchewan.
The Bin Safe System is a farm safety equipment product that was developed to allow farmers to climb and easily access a grain bin for repairs or inspections. The system is an extremely cost effective alternative to grain bin walk ways, grain bin cages, and grain elevators. The implementation of new regulations in Alberta Farm Safety requires fall protection on various farms. Thus, the Bin Safe System helps farmers meet new legislative requirements and also provides the agricultural industry with a product to help meet new and changing needs on farms.
Up next for Northern Strands is the 2019 Crop Production Show hosted in Saskatoon Saskatchewan January 15 - 17, 2019 in booths C55-56. We will also be attending the Manitoba Ag Days Trade Show in the Inventor Area in Barn 4 Booth 1819 from January 22, 23, and 24th in Brandon Manitoba!
The Alberta Provincial Government announced October 15, 2018 that a Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program has been developed to assist farmers with the costs of implementing the new Alberta OH&S Farming Legislation.
Here is everything you need to know about the new Alberta Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program
Expenses that are eligible for 50% coverage include:
- The Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant offers financial assistance to eligible farmers that have waged, non-family workers and a WCB account
- Applicants can now apply for the grant that will pay up to 50% of the cost of eligible expenses up to $5,000 per year or $10,000 over the life of the program per applicant
- The program helps farmers comply with the OH&S code that will take effect on December 1, 2018.
- The grant is available October 15, 2018 and runs until March 2021
Course Fees, and Materials
|First Aid Training, Fall Protection Training, Confined Spaces Training, WHIMIS Training, Forklift Training, Heavy Equipment Training, Health and Safety Basics Training, Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committee, Health and Safety Representatives, Workplace Harassment and Violence Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Courses|
|Fall Protection Equipment||Harnesses, Lanyards, Shock Absorber, Positioning Device, Connecting Components that Satisfy the Requirements in OH&S Code|
|Respirators||Disposable Respiratory Protective Equipment, Half Mask Respirator, Full Face Respirator, Filters, Cartridges|
|Eye Safety||Emergency Eye Wash Equipment, Emergency Baths or Showers|
|Fire Protection||Fire Extinguishers, Bonding and Grounding Equipment|
|First Aid||First Aid Kits|
|Welding Safety||Flashback Arrestor, Backflow Prevention Devices, Welding Helmet, Goggles or Screens|
|Guarding for Existing Equipment||PTO Guards, Powered Saw Guards, Angle Grinder Guards, Auger Guards, Guards for Rotating Parts on Machinery, Rollover Protection Systems, Falling Object Protection Systems, Seat Belt Installation, Warning Lights|
|Noise Exposure||Hearing Protection Ear Plugs, Hearing Protection Ear Muffs |
|Eye Protection||Safety Glasses, Safety Goggles, Face Shield |
|Personal Protective Clothing||Fire Resistant Clothing & Coveralls, Chemical & Biological Resistant Coveralls or Apron, Safety Boots, High Viability Vests|
|Warning Signage||Not Limited to: Confined Space Entry, Overhead Power Lines, Do Not Enter, Chemical Storage Area, No Smoking, First Aid Kit & Fire Extinguisher, Hearing & Eye Protection Required|
Northern Strands' Bin Protection System is eligible for 50% off using this grant. Northern Strands also offers various safety training courses that are covered by the Alberta Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant.
Northern Strands Bin Safe System Information: https://www.northernstrands.com/grain-bin-fall-protection.aspx
Northern Strands Training Division: https://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx
Grant FAQ: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyFrequentlyAskedQuestions.pdf?OpenElement
Grant Application Form: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyApplicationForm-Fillable.pdf?OpenElement
Grant Funding List: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyFundingList.pdf?OpenElement
Grant Terms & Conditions: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyTermsandConditions.pdf?OpenElement
Call, Text, or Email our Bin Safety Fall Protection Representative
Cell Phone: 306-441-6845
Northern Strands, safety is one of our top priorities. Therefore, knowing how to properly clip wire rope using Crosby clips is very important in order to practice safe rigging. Keep in mind that the wire rope clip must be the correct size for the diameter of the rope that is being used and that there is a specific number of clips that are required according to rope size.
A quick rule of thumb for proper clip installation is, "Never Saddle a Dead Horse". This refers to the live end of the wire rope that rests in the saddle of the forged wire clip and the U-bolt that is placed on the dead end of the wire rope.
Here is the proper way to install Rope Clips as illustrated by the Crosby Group's 2015 General Catalog:
1. Turn back specified amount
of rope from thimble or loop. Apply first clip one base width from
dead end of rope. Apply U-Bolt over dead end of wire rope – live
end rests in saddle (Never saddle a dead horse!). Use torque
wrench to tighten nuts evenly, alternate from one nut to the other
until reaching the recommended torque.
2. When two clips are
required, apply the second
clip as near the loop or
thimble as possible. Use torque wrench to tighten nuts evenly,
alternating until reaching the recommended torque. When more
than two clips are required, apply the second clip as near the loop
or thimble as possible, turn nuts on second clip firmly, but do not
3. When three or more clips are required, space additional clips
equally between first two
– take up rope slack – use
torque wrench to tighten nuts on each clip evenly, alternating from one nut to the other until
reaching recommended torque.
4. If a pulley (sheave) is
used in place of a thimble,
add one additional
Fist Grip. Fist Grip
spacing should be
For more information on wire rope and wire rope clip installation, please contact us!