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Northern Strands Supplies Railcar Progressioner Cables and Systems

Northern Strands is proud to be a premium supplier of progressioner cables. These die drawn 6 x 26  Warrington Seale Compacted Strand IWRC cables have a smooth bearing surface at the strand crown and an increase in minimum breaking strength when compared to round strand rope of the same diameter and class. Recently Northern Strands has installed a number of railcar progressioner cables and also full railcar progressioner systems for grain terminals in Saskatchewan. W

Progressioner Cables can be used in a variety of applications including the following:
  • Grain Terminals
  • Railcar Progressioner System. Also called Rail Car Puller
  • Surface Mining
  • Construction
  • Logging
  • Oil Fields
  • Winch Lines
  • Car Pullers/Progressioner

These compact cables have more load bearing capacities than the standard cables with same diameters. Abrasion is less and usage lives are longer because they contact the reel surfaces in a larger area. 

The General Characteristics of Progressioner Cables includes:
  • High Strength to Diameter Ratio
  • High Resistance to Abrasion
  • High Resistance to Crushing
  • Better Fatigue Resistance
  • Equals Better Service Life
For additional information, please contact us!
Phone: 306-242-7073

Agriculture Safety Association Farm Safety Plan Templates

Farming in Saskatchewan has been a vital industry for many years. Because of the many safety hazards associated with farming, it is important to understand and implement farm safety plans to help avoid injury and potentially fatal accidents. 

The Government of Canada states that the following duties pose a risk to the safety of farmers:

  • Working in awkward/difficult positions, lifting heavy materials, and performing repetitive tasks
  • Working in and around confined spaces
  • Working in extreme temperatures
  • Working alone
  • Working at heights & Falls from heights
For the full comprehensive list, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety site here: 
Due to the nature of these risks, Farm Safety Plan Templates are vital for farm owners, managers, workers, and family members to implement and adhere to. The Government of Saskatchewan states that, 

" Too many farmers, family members, and farm works are killed and injured on the farm each year as a result of incidents that could have been prevented" (Government of Saskatchewan, 2018). 

Northern Strands is committed to providing farmers with a cost effective and simple solution to help prevent falls while climbing or accessing grain bins. The Bin Safe System allows farmers to climb a grain bin with ease; knowing that they are secured allows workers to feel comfortable while working on the outside of the bin. 

When I did fall [off a grain bin], I broke my pelvis in 4 places and I laid in the hospital for 6 weeks before I could even put pressure on my legs. When I saw this product offered by Northern Strands, I knew that they had a winner and proved that they are a winner when they win all the safety awards at every tradeshow they go in. Using Bin Safe is inexpensive and every bin can be done cost effectively; The Bin Safe System allows us to go all the way to the top of the bin and all the way back down safely. That is what every farmer requires or should have to be as safe as possible when climbing bins.” 

– Greg Setter

The team at Northern Strands has developed a Ladder Safety Checklist to be used in conjunction with a Farm Safety Plan Template. This Ladder Safety Checklist can be referenced prior to climbing grain bins. 

The Northern Strands Ladder Safety Checklist can be downloaded and viewed here:  NS Ladder Safety Checklist.pdf (1.7MB)

Farm Safety Plan Templates are provided by a variety of Safety Associations for farmers to use for free. A Farm Safety Plan Template should be all encompassing and should include a grain bin fall protection section to ensure all potential farm safety hazards are identified. These Farm Safety Plan Templates can be used as a step in the development of your Farm Safety Program.

To access these Farm Safety Plan Templates, please view the following links:

Martin Toews
Cell Phone: (306) 441-6845 

Northern Strands Now Selling the DBI-SALA® Advanced™ Series Counterweight Fall Protection System

The Northern Strands Showroom has a new product feature; The DBI-SALA® Advanced™ Series Counterweight System!

The DBI-SALA® Advanced™ Series Counterweight System is a Fall Protection system designed for confined space and manhole entry applications or retrievals. The Counterweight System has a central base unit that is best used in areas with a leading edge or large tanks that require access. The base of the system is comprised of the counterweight cart, 50 pound weight plates, adjustment legs, and extension assemblies.

This portable unit is comprised of lightweight high-strength aluminum to fit standard entry points. The cart must be used with the Advanced™ davit mast. Together these components create a high quality, rugged confined space rescue and support system. This lightweight aluminum system can be set up and dismantled in the field without tools.
At Northern Strands, Fall Protection is a serious business. Fall Protection is a responsibility and privilege that we do not take lightly. If you have any questions about Engineered Fall Protection Systems or about purchasing or renting the DBI-SALA® Advanced™ Series Counterweight System, visit us in the showroom or contact our Fall Protection Division today!

Engineered Fall Protection Division
801 57th Street East, S7K 5Z2

Northern Strands' 10 Steps for Safely Pulling Equipment with a Recovery Strap or Tow Rope

At Northern Strands, we take safety seriously. It is important to learn how to properly use a Tow Strap or Tow Rope to help move a piece of heavy equipment, combine, truck, or any other type of vehicle that is stuck. 

Follow these 10 Steps for Safely Moving a Vehicle with a Recovery Strap or Tow Rope:

1. Recovery straps should be at least 6 m or 20 ft in length, with loops (not hooks), and in good working condition (no cuts        or broken stitches). 

2. Check both vehicle weights and add the weights of any loads either vehicle is carrying.

  • The vehicle doing the pulling must be equal to, or ideally, greater weight than the vehicle that is being pulled.

3. Ensure the tow strap has a Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS) that is 2-3 times the total weight of the stuck vehicle. 

  • If it is less, the strap may snap under high tension.
  • If it is more, the strap will not function properly.
4. Ensure tow hooks, hitch receivers, and any shackles used are rated to the loads that exceed the recovery strap MBS.
  • In the event of excessive loads, the recovery strap should always be the weakest link and snap first. 
5. Move away as much mud, sand, or snow from under the vehicle and in front of the tires in the direction of the pull.
6. Position the pulling vehicle in line with the stuck vehicle - the pulling vehicle facing forward and the stuck vehicle being pulled from the front or the back.
  • Ensure that you are within 10 degrees of a straight line - side loading can lead to serious vehicle damage.
7. Lay out the recovery strap between the two vehicles and loop the strap onto a hook bolted to the vehicle frame or put the loop on a shackle that is properly pinned to a frame mounted hitch rated for recovery. 
  • If using a threaded shackle, hand tighten the pin and then turn it back one quarter turn for ease of release later.
  • Never tie the strap onto the vehicle. Slip the strap over a ball hitch, or attach it to anything other than a tow hook or frame mounted hitch. 
  • Only use one strap, never two in parallel. However, there are a few options for creating additional length with two straps if needed:

8. Drape a heavy coat or blanket over the middle of the strap to dampen any backlash if it snaps or releases. 
9. Ensure all bystanders are at least 2 times the length of the tow strap to the side of the vehicles.
10. The pulling vehicle accelerates slowly (to about 10-12 KPH) to build tension in the strap and provide a sustained pull. 
    Once the slack is taken up, the stuck vehicle likewise applies acceleration in low gear to assist the pulling car. 
    Neither vehicle should spin their tires.
  • Steady momentum is most effective.
  • Maintain tension throughout the pull, do not allow slack to develop in the strap at any point.

Northern Strands Tow Strap & Tow Ropes are priced 30% less than our competitors! We stock all common sizes of Tow Straps and custom sizes are available upon request. Contact us today for more information!

Saskatoon (Head Office)

3235 Millar Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3

Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Phone: (306) 242-7073
Toll Free: (800) 242-7073
Fax: (306) 934-2920

General Mines Safety Awareness Course Required for all SMA Member Mine Contracted Employees

Beginning April 1, 2019, the General Mine Safety Awareness Training Course is required for contracted employees working at Saskatchewan Mining Association Member Sites. This requirement extends across all Saskatchewan Nutrien sites. This training requirement will not only provide common provincial training standards for all Nutrien contracted employees, but also ensures consistency of safety training courses. 

The General Mine Safety Awareness Course offered by the Northern Strands Training division is offered with instructor support in a classroom environment or on site. The program provides an overview of mine safety through 13 modules over 14 hours. These modules include:

  • Saskatchewan Mining Regulations and Employment Act
  • Hazard recognition
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safe use of hand and power tools
  • Safe use of scaffolding and ladders
  • Controlled energy
  • Fire safety
  • Environmental safety
  • Reporting incidents
  • Ground control awareness
  • Self-rescue techniques
  • Asbestos awareness
  • Fit for duty and drug and alcohol testing.

After completing the course you will be issued a General Mine Safety Awareness Training certificate, valid for three (3) years. 

Contact us at (306) 242-7073 or email for more information about the 

General Mine Safety Awareness Training Course or any of the other courses we offer! 


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  • Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3


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