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Tugger Safety Training

Northern Strands has now added a Tugger Safety Training course to it's growing list of available courses.

The Northern Strands Tugger Safety Training course was developed to assist employers in complying with the above legislation and to address a seemingly high incident rate in the mining industry that relates to general tugger operation. The aim of the course is to give students the information they need to properly inspect and operate a tugger as well as to try and change the climate of complacency that seems to have engulfed these extremely powerful and potentially hazardous machines.

Some concepts discussed in the Tugger Safety Training are:

  • Proper anchoring techniques for different substrata Anchorage pull testing procedures
  • Tugger inspection criteria Effective communication guidelines
  • The duties of operators and designated signallers
  • The OH&S Regulations pertaining to tugger and winch use in Saskatchewan.
  • Important rigging concepts will be reviewed as tugger operation and rigging go hand in hand.

Northern Strands is able to accommodate this training seminar on-site, provided a suitable work area is available, or at one of Northern Strands' facilities.

Contact us at 306.242.7073 or email for more information.

Crosby Rigging Training


Northern Strands provides Crosby Rigging Training, an industry wide recognized standard for basic rigging principles.  This seminar aims to ensure students are well versed in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environment and proper rigging practices.  Students will have the opportunity to question a knowledgeable instructor on industry and/or site-specific rigging practices as they go through the material.  Several "rigging myths" will be dispelled; highlighting the errors of some status quo rigging practices that take place on a far too regular basis.

 The Crosby Rigging Training seminar will demonstrate:


·         How to properly inspect slings and rigging hardware.

·         Application of slings and rigging hardware.

·         Load estimation/calculation.

·         General safe rigging practices.

·         Forces that rigging may be subjected to.

 To book training or for more information, please call 306-242-7073 or email



Long Term Storage of Mining Ropes

The Mining Division is often asked what is the best method of long term storage for mining ropes.  These mining ropes should be:

1. Kept from the elements (ie. covered in tarps).  When ropes are stored outside, the site should be carefully chose to keep ropes out of the direct sunlight.

2. Stored in a ventilated area, avoid condensation, and limit the maximum ambient air temperature.

3. Rotated 180 degrees every 6 months.

4. Kept off the ground via timbers.  Ropes should be stored on a level and hard surface.  Rope should not come in contact with the ground and not stored on a cinder or ash floor, in proximity to sulphur, acid fumes, or mines tailing.

5. Kept dry to inhibit corrosion.

Contact us at or call 306-242-7073 for more information.

Questions About Fall Protection

Fall Protection Division wants to remind everyone that one of the biggest mistakes users of fall protection can make is assuming.  If you have questions, make sure to ask them.  There are way more variations and combinations of equipment available then you could ever imagine.  The possibilities for different environments and work situations are endless.  No matter the question, feel free to ask us.  It could save a life.  Contact us at or call 306-242-7073 for more information.

Best Practice for Monitoring Mining Rope Diameters

It is important to have proper calipers with a large flat surface or other device because of the valleys between rope strands.  The diameter must be made at consistent places along the rope lengths (ie. 100ft, 300ft, 500ft, etc).  Note: take special care at commonly problematic areas (ie. areas where rope is tangent to sheave or hoist when in loading positions).  Secondly, when taking the measurements take them at 90 degrees to each other and then average measurements at each position.  Contact us at or call 306-242-7073 for more information.


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