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Is Online Fall Arrest Training Adequate?

It goes without saying that any training is (generally) better than no training whatsoever, but does online fall arrest training really count as far as the Regulations are concerned?

 Interestingly enough, the Regulations go so far as to define the term ‘train’ which means  “…to give information and explanation to a worker with respect to a particular subject-matter and require a practical demonstration that the worker has acquired knowledge or skill related to the subject-matter…”


Requiring a “practical demonstration” is where online training tends to actually not technically meet OH&S requirements here in Saskatchewan.  With courses like fall protection/fall arrest it is critical that users are shown how to properly put on and inspect a harness and then practically demonstrate the knowledge or skills acquired by physically inspecting and donning a harness during the training.  Each person attending a Northern Strands Fall Arrest Training course is not only required to inspect and don a harness as part of achieving certification, but they are also given the opportunity to perform another practical exercise where they can transfer their body weight onto their harness to verify whether or not they have it properly adjusted.

Another issue users face is deciding whether they should be completing “Fall Arrest Training” or “Fall Protection Training?”  Unfortunately there is no crystal-clear answer to this question, but the deciding factor will ultimately be based on the individual requirements of different company policies. 

As you may already know, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should always be considered the last line of defense against workplace hazards, and should the hazards happen to involve falling, there are many other ways to better protect yourself than using a Personal Fall Arrest System.  Northern Strands Fall Arrest Training (despite its name) explains the regulatory requirements of the other, better forms of fall protection so that users are more suitably informed on how to protect themselves from falling.

If you’re considering online training and your employees will be working in the province of Saskatchewan contact us, to make sure that the training will meet the requirements of the provincial regulations. We also do on-site training so we can make it more convenient for those times when it isn’t actually practical to send an entire crew to Saskatoon to take part in one of our regularly scheduled courses.


Phone: 306-242-7073
Training Centre: 802 57th Street East, Saskatoon, SK.

Northern Strands Group of Companies Sponsors Poinsettia at Holiday Light Tour

The Northern Strands Group of Companies is proud to sponsor the BHP Enchanted Forest Annual Holiday Light Tour. 

The Enchanted Forest is a unique holiday event at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park that supports the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation and the City Hospital Foundation.

The BHP Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour is one of the major fundraisers for these two causes, raising more than $250,000 every year. 

The Northern Strands Group of companies has been able to sponsor the Christmas Poinsettias Display, which has been a favorite for many over the past 21 years.

For more information on this holiday event, click here: 

Northern Strands Now a Dealer for Straightpoint Load Monitoring Products!

Northern Strands is now a proud supplier of Straightpoint products! Since 1976, Straightpoint's solution-based systems have been at the top of industrial weighting and load monitoring technology.

With UK headquarters, a US subsidiary, and global dealer network, the simple to use, cost-effective product range has enhanced safety for engineers and rigging professionals worldwide for 40 years. 

The engineering team design and manufacture a broad spectrum of first-class products to capacities in excess of 1,500 tonnes to include:

  • Tension 'Link' load cells 
  • Telemetry load cells
  •  Shackle load cells
  •  Dynamometers
  • Crane scales
  • Compression load cells
  •  Load pins
  •  Software solutions

The Straightpoint team pride themselves on the development and distribution of world-class load monitoring, weighing and force measurement systems. 

Straightpoint’s wireless Windows-based software, and full line of accessories allow for the simple and easy, acquisition and analysis of force and load monitoring data.

All Straightpoint products are fully tested and available for next day dispatch in an aluminium flight case (or wooden crate for large capacities) with full documentation including multilingual manuals, certificates of calibration/proof test and CE conformity. 

World-class calibration and repair services are offered for all models as well as other manufacturers’ load cells. Straightpoint products are utilized within many industries worldwide:

  • Shipping and marine
  • Mining
  • Transport
  • Health and safety
  • Entertainment
  • Crane and rigging
  • Salvage and decommissioning
  • Oil and gas
  • Construction
  • Power generation
  • Utilities
  • Topsides
  • Break bulk
  • Military


Straightpoint‘s continued investment in research and development enables them to remain at the forefront of technological development with world-leading products and performance to meet their customers’ demands. With hundreds of units always in stock, Straightpoint aim to deliver any standard product up to capacities in excess of 1,500 tonnes anywhere in the world— FAST!

For additional information on the various Straightpoint products available through Northern Strands, please contact us!

3235 Millar Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3

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


Northern Strands Designs Custom Outfitted Mobile Railcar Progressioner Servicing Unit

The Northern Strands Group of Companies has recently outfitted a Mobile Railcar Progressioner Servicing Unit custom suited to service a multitude of railcar loadout facility maintenance requirements. 

This all-terrain unit is built off of a Yanmar C25R Track Machine and carries a service deck outfitted with a rope greasing system, socketing vice, heavy duty winch, hoisting davit, service greasing system, and welder/generator/air compressor combination unit to accommodate a variety of loadout servicing needs including rope greasing, component replacements, general system inspections/servicing, rope tensioning, welding repairs, and more. 

The Mobile Railcar Progressioner Servicing Unit comes fully site compliant with positive air shutoff, fire extinguisher, beacon, lighting, and ROPS.