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!
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
Expenses that are eligible for 50% coverage include:
- 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
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 Equipment||Harnesses, Lanyards, Shock Absorber, Positioning Device, Connecting Components that Satisfy the Requirements in OH&S Code|
|Respirators||Disposable Respiratory Protective Equipment, Half Mask Respirator, Full Face Respirator, Filters, Cartridges|
|Eye Safety||Emergency Eye Wash Equipment, Emergency Baths or Showers|
|Fire Protection||Fire Extinguishers, Bonding and Grounding Equipment|
|First Aid||First Aid Kits|
|Welding Safety||Flashback Arrestor, Backflow Prevention Devices, Welding Helmet, Goggles or Screens|
|Guarding for Existing Equipment||PTO 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 Exposure||Hearing Protection Ear Plugs, Hearing Protection Ear Muffs |
|Eye Protection||Safety Glasses, Safety Goggles, Face Shield |
|Personal Protective Clothing||Fire Resistant Clothing & Coveralls, Chemical & Biological Resistant Coveralls or Apron, Safety Boots, High Viability Vests|
|Warning Signage||Not 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 Information: https://www.northernstrands.com/grain-bin-fall-protection.aspx
Northern Strands Training Division: https://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx
Grant FAQ: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv482/$file/FarmSafetyFrequentlyAskedQuestions.pdf?OpenElement
Grant Application Form: https://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
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A new legislation will soon require Alberta farmers to ensure their farms are equipped with proper safety plans. Emergency response, fall protection, and hazard assessments are just some of the plans that will be implemented to ensure worker safety on Alberta farms. The Alberta agriculture sector will now begin using checklists to help maintain these safety programs.
One of the largest concerns for Alberta farm and worker safety is grain bin fall protection. Alberta farmers can use the Northern Strands Grain Bin Fall Protection system to protect workers from a fall while climbing or accessing a grain bin for repairs. The user simply attaches a harness to a traveller and moves the traveller up as they climb the bin. The Grain Bin Fall Protection System meets OH&S farming requirements, is easy to use, and is cost effective all while protecting farmers, workers, or family members from a devastating fall.
Based out of Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Northern Strands provides services to Canadian farmers and mines all across the country. With safety as an integral part of operations, Northern Strands has grown over the years in order to develop this patented Grain Bin Fall Protection System.
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The Term MAF, also known as Maximum Arrest Force, comes directly from Section 102 of The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 under clause (c) which states that "An employer or contractor shall ensure that a personal fall arrest system required by these regulations...applies a peak fall-arrest force not greater than eight kilo-newtons to a worker..."
A kilo-newton is a force that is equal to approximately 225 lbs-force. Where the Saskatchewan fall-arrest legislation states Max Arrest Force is 8kN, this is equal to 1800 lbs-force. So how do we abide by this legislation and what does it mean?
In the Northern Strands Fall Protection course, they train that Personal Fall Arrest Systems should be a last resort, but S102(c) was put in place to make sure that the risk of injury from the fall-arrest equipment itself is reduced.
There are 3 principal ways we can make sure that we don't exceed the MAF:
1) Keep Free Fall to a minimum - use the shortest possible lanyard, anchor well overhead, and use retractables.
2) Minimize Weight - limit the number of tools that will be supported by the full-body harness.
3) Use the Most Distance possible to come to a stop.
This last point might be hard to imagine, but picture it like this: would you rather bring your vehicle to a stop using brakes over a distance of a block, or would you rather bring your vehicle to a stop against a brick wall? The energy of any moving object whether its a falling person or a moving vehicle has to be reduced gradually or there will be an excessive stopping (arresting) force put on the object.
These two controls are actually outranked by another. What about not performing the work at heights in the first place? Obviously this is not always a practical solution, but nonetheless its worth considering. Even trying to relocate certain job steps to the ground level is better and safer than performing 100% of the work at heights. Give us a call and we can help you out with some more proactive fall protection solutions.
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Recently Northern Strands launched it's Grain Bin Fall Protection System at AG in Motion, the fastest growing Agriculture trade show in Canada. The response was overwhelmingly positive! Farmers from across Canada stopped by our booth to express interest in our Grain Bin Fall Protection System. Farmers were very excited at the prospect of a simple, easy to use, cost effective solution that would prevent people from falling off a grain bin and impacting the ground or falling to the bottom of a grain bin and suffocating. At Northern Strands we believe serious injuries are preventable and avoidable with proper planning and systems in place. It is with this belief in mind that Northern Strands accepted the challenge of making grain bin inspections and repairs more safe by developing a fall protection system. Our patent pending fall protection system is a cutting edge product designed to protect farm workers from a fall while climbing or accessing a bin for repairs or inspections.
Almost every farmer had a story to tell of them or someone they know falling off or in a grain bin. We obviously knew people fall off grain bins, but we were shocked at the high frequency in which grain bin falls happen. Many farmers we talked to had a story to tell, from broken legs, arms, backs, you name it we heard it.
One very exciting aspect of the trade show was our fall protection system being nomination for the AG in Motion Innovative product award. This nomination brought us to the attention of numerous media outlets. By the end of the trade show our fall protection team had completed at least a half dozen interviews on the Grain Bin Fall Protection System.
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