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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

    

The Northern Strands Group of Companies Honored with 2017 NSBA Community Builder Award

March 30th was an exciting night for employees of the Northern Strands Group of Companies.  It was the NSBA Business Builder Awards and the Group of Companies was a finalist for Community Builder and Safe Employer Awards.  The Children's Wish Foundation of Saskatchewan had nominated the Group of companies for the Community Builder Award and the NSBA nominated us for the Safe Employer Award.

Why were we honored with the Community Builder Award you might ask?  On an annual basis the Northern Strands Group of Companies gives back to the community in a variety of ways. An employee-driven Committee has been established to drive fund-raising while keeping in mind the other areas of social responsibility. 

Right from day one our employees are exposed to our culture of community support and social responsibility. In our new hire pack we have included a letter that explains our efforts to be an active contributor in the community. This same letter explains that we have partnered with the Saskatchewan Children's Wish foundation and have the goal of granting one child's wish annually. After reading this letter, many of our employees choose to donate through our Children's Wish payroll deduction program. This is just the start of our fundraising though.  

Throughout the year we raise funds for Children's Wish in a variety of ways; Paper, pop cans, containers and batteries are recycled. Additional funds are raised through yard cleanup with scrap steel and other reusable goods being sent to auction. The Group of Companies holds several fund-raising BBQ's throughout the summer. Employees are encouraged to participate and volunteer to help with the activities during the event. We contact neighboring businesses and drop off flyers in the effort to grow each and every BBQ. 

We also have a very unique way of giving back to the community. We use our Safety Training Ambulance to raise money at events like Craven Country Jamboree and other similar events. Our Trainers donate their time as first responders. They offer basic medical care out of the ambulance. Any money we are paid is donated back to Children's Wish. 

Every year our efforts have helped give hope to a local family that needed it the most. We believe one of the key reasons we are successful in encouraging our employees to donate their time is the connection we make with the child we are aligned with. Every year we make an effort to meet with our Children's Wish child and their family at a Children's Wish organized event. The last two years we participated in Children's Wish's Exile Island.  A fundraising event where 8 employees take the afternoon off to compete in a series of fun events with their child. 


We are proud to say that for last 4 years in a row we have donated over $10,000 towards granting a Child's Wish!

Although Children's Wish is our main focus, we still contribute to the community in a variety of other ways. We have sponsored or donated to many other local charities, events and teams; the Contacts, Delisle Rodeo, Saskatchewan 4H club, The Salvation Army, Saskatoon Food bank, Friendship Inn and SWITCH. 

We are equally proud of our NSBA Safe Employer Finalist Nomination. Safety of our employees, customers and community has and always will be the cornerstone of the Northern Strands Group of Companies. Many companies promote safety, but our company is literally built on safety. We have several divisions with a direct link to offering safe solutions to our community including safety training, fall protection systems, rigging and lifting, and suspended access. We also perform safety inspections and regularly develop safe work procedures and systems for the mining and industrial industries. We are continuously reviewing and enhancing our own safety and environmental polices. We will continue to demonstrate that our commitment to safety and environment in our community will always be our highest priority. 

The Northern Strands Group of Companies will continue to lead by example by supporting our local communities and being an industry leader in employee and worker safety.  We would like to thank the hardworking employees of the Northern Strands Group of Companies.  Our employees are the driving force behind our fundraising efforts and our safety first mentality.



All the NSBA Business builder award winners can be found here http://nsbasask.com/news/details/nsba_business_builder_award_winners_announced.html

Northern Strands, Fortis Mining Engineering & Manufacturing and Certified Mining & Construction Sales & Rentals are all proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated. 

Proper Rigging Techniques...Have You Ever Done This When Rigging?

Picture this: You’re connecting a sling to a swivel hoist ring using a screw pin shackle.  You get the sling nestled nice and comfy in the bow of the shackle and put the ears around the bail of the hoist ring.  You insert the shackle pin through the ears of the shackle (being careful to catch the bail on the way through) and you twist it until it’s tight against the side of the shackle.  You’re about to fly the load but wait, you forgot something! A supervisor told you that the pin is supposed to be backed off 1/4th of a turn! How could you have forgotten?!


If you’ve ever been in this situation before, we have some news for you.  The American Society of Mechanical Engineers states quite plainly in its B30.26 standard for Rigging Hardware “screw pin threads shall be fully engaged and tight, and the shoulder should be in contact with the shackle body” prior to any lift.


With rigging especially, there seems to be a lot of industry practices that came about without consulting the manufacturer and this is one of the many examples we cover in our Crosby Rigging Seminars.  One of our trainers goals during the training is to point out where there are no grey areas; if the manufacturer of a product has written procedures for its use and we don’t follow them then who is being negligent?  Proper rigging techniques should always be used to avoid accidents and injuries.


If you’re now wondering if there are any other rigging situations or practices that might not be up to par, please don’t hesitate to contact our professional Safety Trainers. 

We offer a variety of Safety Training courses for the mining and construction industries.  We also offer Emergency Responder courses.

Here is a full list of our Safety Courses:

  • Crosby Rigging Training
  • Fall Arrest Safety Training
  • Tugger Safety Training
  • Wirelock Socketing Training
  • Suspended Access Equipment Training
  • First Aid / CPR Training
  • Emergency Medical Responder Training
  • Medical Frist Responder Training
  • Intermediate Level First Aid Training
  • Firefighter Advanced First Aid

Contact Northern Strands to book your next Safety Course at 306-242-7073 by email training@northernstrands.com or visit or webpage to learn more http://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx 

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Proper Fall Protection Harness Fitting

One of the most asked questions in Fall Arrest Training is, "Do my fall arrest harness straps need to be tight?".   Yes, it is extremely important that your harness straps be tight and your harness fit properly.  A degloving injury is one type of injury that can result from improper fitting of a fall arrest harness.   Which is an extremely painful injury. 

How do you know if your harness leg straps are fitted properly?  One method is the Hand/Fist Test.

To determine if your fall arrest harness leg straps are adjusted properly, follow these basic steps:
1. Make your hand flat.
2. Insert your hand between your leg and the leg strap until the strap is across your wrist.
3. Make your hand into a fist.
4. Try to pull your fist in between the leg strap and your leg.

Did fist make it through? If so your leg straps need to be tightened until you cannot pull your fist out.  If you weren’t able to complete step 2 above then your leg straps are actually too tight.  As you may know, properly fitting the full body harness leg straps is just one small part of using fall arrest equipment.

To receive more information on proper fall arrest harness fitting, fall arrest equipment or fall protection training please contact the Northern Strands Safety Training Division at 306-242-7073, by email training@northernstrands.com or visit our website http://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx 

Attached is our recently completed Safety Training Brochure.   This brochure contains information on safety training courses for the construction, mining and emergency responder industries.

Northern Strands Safety Training Brochure.pdf (2.34 mb) 

In addition to training, Northern Strands Engineered Fall Protection Division offers a variety of fall protection systems, solutions and services. Custom-engineered solutions can be designed to suit specific requirements.   For more information you can call 306-242-7073, email lifelines@northernstrands.com or visit our website http://www.northernstrands.com/fall-protection.aspx

Northern Strands is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Northern Strands Crosby Shrimp Boil and Rigging Training Event a Huge Success!

On June 1st Northern Strands hosted the Crosby Shrimp Boil and Rigging Training event.  Crosby picks only 4 companies a year in North America to host this event.  It took months of careful planning and teamwork to make the event a success.  

We started at the Travelodge for Rigging Training.  We had excellent attendance for the Crosby Rigging Course.  Over 80 people attend training!  Crosby Group gave an excellent course on rigging.  The Crosby trainer covered everything from rigging inspection to how the working load limit can vary between different types of rigging hardware.

Did you know that Northern Strands offers a variety of safety training courses? i.e. Fall Arrest Training, Rigging Training, Winch Training, First Aid Training, Suspended Access Training, Wirelock Socketing Training, Emergency Medical Responder Training, Medical First Responder Training, Intermediate First Aid Training and more.

After training, we all headed over to Northern Strands for the second half of our event.  The Crosby Shrimp Boil!  This is the part everyone was waiting for.  The meal consisted of sausage, peppers, corn, mushrooms, baby potatoes and of course shrimp.  See the attached PDF for the full recipe.

Shrimp boil dinner.pdf (138.67 kb)

 

At the Shrimp Boil we provided demonstrations on Northern Strands new Mobile Test Center.   We pulled rigging to destruction and showed how damaged rigging will readily break below the working load limit.  Our new Mobile Test Center was engineered and fabricated for Northern Strands by our sister company Fortis Mining Engineering & Manufacturing.  

Northern Strands is now offering free, "Is Your Rigging Safe Demonstration's" to qualified customers.  We will bring our Mobile Test Center on site for your demonstration.  See the attached brochure for detail on how to book your rigging safety demonstration.

Is Your Rigging Safe Demonstration Brochure.pdf (1.25 mb)

In addition to the pull to destruction demonstrations, we offered tours of our Northern Strands rigging warehouse facilities.  We had employees giving demonstrations on how we fabricate 1" wire rope slings in our sling bay.

Northern Strands would like to thank all of our clients that attended the Northern strands Shrimp Boil and Training Event.  We hope you all enjoyed the training, dinner, pull testing demonstrations and tours of our rigging warehouse.  

Here are a few more great pictures from the Northern Strands Crosby Shrimp Boil!

 

 

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