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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! 

Bin Safe System Wins Manitoba Ag Days Farm Safety Feature First Place Award

The first few months of 2019 have been great for the Northern Strands' Bin Safe System! 

As a first year innovative & farm safety product at Manitoba Ag Days, the Bin Safe System was awarded first place in the Farm Safety category for the 2019 year! Including the Farm Safety Feature First Place Award at Manitoba Ag Days, the Bin Safe System has been recognized in a number of articles and won the First Place Innovation Award at the Red Deer Alberta Agri-Trade Show.

Articles recognizing the Northern Strands' Bin Safe System include:

The Northern Strands' patent pending Bin Safe System is a cutting edge product designed to protect farm workers from a fall while climbing or accessing a bin for repairs or inspections. For more information about how the Bin Safe System operates, you can watch our informational video here! 

Contact our Bin Safe System Representative 

Martin Toews
Cell Phone: (306) 441-6845

Northern Strands Provides Wire Rope for Cloudraker Skybridge

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. 

For more information on our Wire Rope & Cables capabilities, click the following link:

Les Nimmo - Mining Rope - Technical Sales
Phone: 306-242-7073

Northern Strands Continues to Provide Lifting Lugs and D-Plates to Customers at Wholesale Prices!

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. Lifting lugs are designed to be welded to compatible steel materials in order to lift them into place safely and securely.

  • Fabricated from A36 Steel.
  • Available in 1/2, 2, 5, and 10 ton maximum rated capacities.
  • Color coded and stamped with rated capacity to provide quick identification.
  • Meets OSHA requirements (minimum five to one safety factor).

The load ranges for the individual lifting lugs are as follows:

 2 Ton 5 Ton 10 Ton 

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 150%. Northern Strands' D-plates are engineered stamped and can be re-certified. 

To view Northern Strands full Industrial Supplies Catalog, click here:

For more information on Northern Strands Mining Wire Ropes and Attachments, click here:

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! 

Phone: (306) 242-7073
Toll Free: (800) 242-7073
Fax: (306) 934-2920
Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 5:00pm Mon - Fri
3235 Millar Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y3

Northern Strands Wins Agriculture Equipment Innovation Award at Agri-Trade 2018

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!

Further information about the Farm Safety Legislation and the Alberta Farm Safety Grant can be found here:

Detailed information about the Bin Safe System can be found here:

Information on the Saskatoon Crop Production Show can be found here:

Manitoba Ag Days information can be found here:

Contact our Bin Safe System Representative to order or request additional information

Martin Toews
Cell Phone: (306) 441-6845


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