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Northern Strands Wins Safety Award 🏆

In 2018, Northern Strands had zero recordable or lost time incidents. We are excited to announce that AWRF has awarded  the QHSE 2018 Safety Award! 

In 2017, Northern Strands also received the Safety Award. If the company is able to stay on track with minimal lost time or recorable incidents, Northern Strands will be bumped up to the Gold Award Level. The Gold Award level requires a company to have low recordable and lost time incidents for 5 - 6 consecutive years. 

Thanks to the experience and expertise of our people, Northern Strands is able to deliver added value from the start of your project whether feasibility, upgrade or modification. Northern Strands Mining, Wire Rope, Attachments & Equipment Division excels by providing a wide range of equipment and services, by being the best full service provider of wire ropes, attachments, equipment and service.


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

Tyson Vogel - Mining Division - Technical Sales Manager
Fax: 306.934.2920

Les Nimmo - Mining Rope - Technical Sales
Fax: 306.934.2920

The Benefits of Synthetic Rope Over Steel Wire Rope for Logging Tie Downs

Northern Strands logging tie downs are made of synthetic Dyneema Rope spliced with grade 70 chain and a grab hook on the end. Our tie downs are double tagged with a working load limit of 3800lbs . We place one tag on the rope and another on the chain There are many benefits to using synthetic rope in place of wire rope for logging tie downs. When a synthetic rope tie down is used in place of wire rope it makes the tie down easier to throw, which helps to reduce rotator cuff injuries and overall worker fatigue.  Synthetic rope is not affected by the chemicals oil/gas containers in logging. A special coating protects the rope from the sun’s ultraviolet light degradation. Dyneema rope also has a low coefficient of friction, is resistant to abrasion, and most importantly, does not produce jaggers (the broken wires of steel rope that produce painful puncture wounds). Synthetic rope will not kink, curl, or splinter!

At Northern Strands we carry various diameters and strengths Dyneema rope depending on usage.

Other 12-strand Dyneema Rope Uses Include: Winch Line, Anchor Line, Dock/Mooring Line, Tow Rope, Lanyards, Hand Lines, Hoisting Ropes, Slings, Climbing Rope, Utility Rope.

Contact us today for more information about this sale!

Saskatoon: (306) 242-7073

Regina: (306) 352-7073


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.