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The New Alberta Farm Health & Safety Producer Grant Program Pays 50% of Farm Safety Expenses

The Alberta Provincial Government announced October 15, 2018 that a Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program has been developed to assist farmers with the costs of implementing the new Alberta OH&S Farming Legislation. 

Here is everything you need to know about the new Alberta Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program

Grant Details: 

  • The Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant offers financial assistance to eligible farmers that have waged, non-family workers and a WCB account 
  • Applicants can now apply for the grant that will pay up to 50% of the cost of eligible expenses up to $5,000 per year or $10,000 over the life of the program per applicant
  • The program helps farmers comply with the OH&S code that will take effect on December 1, 2018. 
  • The grant is available October 15, 2018 and runs until March 2021
Expenses that are eligible for 50% coverage include:

Tuition, 
Course Fees, and Materials

First Aid Training, Fall Protection Training, Confined Spaces Training, WHIMIS Training, Forklift Training, Heavy Equipment Training, Health and Safety Basics Training, Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committee, Health and Safety Representatives, Workplace Harassment and Violence Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Courses
Fall Protection EquipmentHarnesses, Lanyards, Shock Absorber, Positioning Device, Connecting Components that Satisfy the Requirements in OH&S Code
RespiratorsDisposable Respiratory Protective Equipment, Half Mask Respirator, Full Face Respirator, Filters, Cartridges
Eye SafetyEmergency Eye Wash Equipment, Emergency Baths or Showers
Fire ProtectionFire Extinguishers, Bonding and Grounding Equipment
First AidFirst Aid Kits
Welding SafetyFlashback Arrestor, Backflow Prevention Devices, Welding Helmet, Goggles or Screens
Guarding for Existing EquipmentPTO Guards, Powered Saw Guards, Angle Grinder Guards, Auger Guards, Guards for Rotating Parts on Machinery, Rollover Protection Systems, Falling Object Protection Systems, Seat Belt Installation, Warning Lights
Noise ExposureHearing Protection Ear Plugs, Hearing Protection Ear Muffs 
Eye ProtectionSafety Glasses, Safety Goggles, Face Shield 
Personal Protective ClothingFire Resistant Clothing & Coveralls, Chemical & Biological Resistant Coveralls or Apron, Safety Boots, High Viability Vests
Warning SignageNot Limited to: Confined Space Entry, Overhead Power Lines, Do Not Enter, Chemical Storage Area, No Smoking, First Aid Kit & Fire Extinguisher, Hearing & Eye Protection Required

Northern Strands' Bin Protection System is eligible for 50% off using this grant. Northern Strands also offers various safety training courses that are covered by the Alberta Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant. 

Northern Strands Bin Safe System Informationhttps://www.northernstrands.com/grain-bin-fall-protection.aspx 

Northern Strands Training Divisionhttps://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx

Grant FAQ: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyFrequentlyAskedQuestions.pdf?OpenElement

Grant Application Formhttps://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyApplicationForm-Fillable.pdf?OpenElement

Grant Funding List: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyFundingList.pdf?OpenElement

Grant Terms & Conditions: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyTermsandConditions.pdf?OpenElement

Call, Text, or Email our Bin Safety Fall Protection Representative

Martin Toews
Email: farmsafety@northernstrands.com

Cell Phone: 306-441-6845

    

Good Rigging Practices: How to Properly Install Wire Rope Clips using Clips

Northern Strands, safety is one of our top priorities. Therefore, knowing how to properly clip wire rope using Crosby clips is very important in order to practice safe rigging. Keep in mind that the wire rope clip must be the correct size for the diameter of the rope that is being used and that there is a specific number of clips that are required according to rope size.

A quick rule of thumb for proper clip installation is, "Never Saddle a Dead Horse". This refers to the live end of the wire rope that rests in the saddle of the forged wire clip and the U-bolt that is placed on the dead end of the wire rope. 

Here is the proper way to install Rope Clips as illustrated by the Crosby Group's 2015 General Catalog: 

1.  Turn back specified amount of rope from thimble or loop. Apply first clip one base width from dead end of rope. Apply U-Bolt over dead end of wire rope – live end rests in saddle (Never saddle a dead horse!). Use torque wrench to tighten nuts evenly, alternate from one nut to the other until reaching the recommended torque. 

2. When two clips are required, apply the second clip as near the loop or thimble as possible. Use torque wrench to tighten nuts evenly, alternating until reaching the recommended torque. When more than two clips are required, apply the second clip as near the loop or thimble as possible, turn nuts on second clip firmly, but do not tighten. 


3. When three or more clips are required, space additional clips equally between first two – take up rope slack – use torque wrench to tighten nuts on each clip evenly, alternating from one nut to the other until reaching recommended torque.


4.  If a pulley (sheave) is used in place of a thimble, add one additional Fist Grip. Fist Grip spacing should be as shown.


For more information on wire rope and wire rope clip installation, please contact us!

Northern Strands

306-242-7073

Email: info@northernstrands.com

Source: https://www.thecrosbygroup.com/catalog/

Wholesale Pricing on Tow Straps and Tow Ropes Sold at Northern Strands. Up to 30% Lower Cost Than Competitors!

With lots of rain in the forecast for Saskatchewan, trucks, trailers, and heavy equipment can get stuck in the mud and need to be towed out with recovery straps or ropes. 

Northern Strands offers the highest quality heavy duty tow straps and heavy-duty tow ropes at wholesale pricing. Our tow straps and tow ropes are up to 30% lower cost than our competitors! These high-quality tow ropes and tow straps have a high breaking strength and are safety certified and tested. All of our towing and rigging products are certified for job sites complete with the necessary paper work. 

 

2 Ply Tow Straps offered by Northern Strands includes:




The 8 Strand Tow Rope offered by Northern Strands includes:




The Double Braided Polyester Tow Rope With or Without Padded Eyes offered by Northern Strands includes: 



For more information about Tow Straps and Tow Ropes click the following: 

http://www.northernstrands.com/pdf/syntheticropes.pdf

 

Contact Northern Strands

3235 Millar Ave, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 5Y3

sales@northernstrands.com

306-242-7073

The Important Difference Between Load Binding Transport Chain and Lifting Chain

     There are a number of important factors to consider when using chain to lift a given obstacle. Shiny, gold, Grade 70 Transport chain is intended for load binding only. This chain is used to hold heavy items down to a flatbed truck and the gold-chromate finish as well as the carbon-steel construction makes this chain easy to spot and more difficult to break. 



     With this said, this chain should not be used for lifting unless it has been fabricated by a sling manufacturer and the manufacturer is required to follow guidelines for fabrication. ASME and/or ASTM standards must be followed and they require that either grade 80 or 100 chain be used in sling fabrication, due to the alloy steel construction and its ability to elongate when overloaded as opposed to snapping suddenly. The manufacturer will also have to put a tag on the chain sling that indicates what maximum load or Working Load Limit can be safely applied to the sling, making it easier for end users to know the limitations.

     When lifting any objects off of the ground, the weight of said object as well as the capacities of the lifting device and rigging must all be known before making the lift. This important guideline is something that the Northern Strands' Training Division focus on in the Below the Hook Rigging training. Sections 208 and 209 of the Saskatchewan’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulations refer to this concept directly as well.

     When in doubt about whether to lift a load with a certain chain or not ask yourself this question: Does the chain have a tag on it indicating its Working Load Limit?

If yes – there are a number of other questions you should ask yourself after this to determine that all of the parameters  related to the lift are safe.

If no – do not attempt the lift and look for an alternative solution.


     When performing any sort of lift whatsoever, it is important that workers are trained in safe rigging practices and that they are competently supervised. Whether you are an employee or an employer, feel free to contact Northern Strands about our various Safety Courses and our Below the Hook Rigging Seminars.


For more information about Below the Hook Rigging Seminars click hereHook Rigging Seminars

For more information about all Safety Training Courses click here: Safety Training Courses


Northern Strands Training Division Contact Information

Email: training@northernstrands.com

Phone: 306-242-7073


Northern Strands Provides Customers With The Highest Quality Equipment by Offering Award Winning Vitali-International Chain and Lever Hoists

Northern Strands is committed to providing customers with the highest quality products in the wire rope and rigging industry. Vitali International offers easy to use chain and lever hoists while maintaining the highest quality, continual innovation & testing, and affordable prices. 

The opening of a new factory in Haining Suburb near Hangzhou in 2017 has allowed Vitali International to continue to offer quality products worldwide. Committed to ongoing improvement, quality insurance, and technological expertise, Vitali International has been awarded China's National Brand Award from CCTV in the lifting equipment industry. Additionally, Vitali is devoted to improved heat treatment processes. Compared to other factories with heat treatment processes of around 50 to 60 degrees Celsius, Vitali International has reduced their heat treatment processes from 880 to 45 degrees Celsius. 

Northern Strands is proud to offer customers Vitali International chain and lever hoists at an affordable price with ensured quality. 

For more information on the Vitali International chain and lever hoists that Northern Strands offers, click here.

Northern Strands

3235 Millar Ave, Saskatoon SK, S7K 5Y3

306-242-7073

info@northernstrands.com 


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