Ontario Investing in Projects to Reduce Workplace Injuries

Ontario Workplace Injuries

Ontario projects to address mobile equipment hazards, mental health

Ontario is partnering with universities, professional associations and research groups on projects that will help support workplace mental health, advance our understanding of occupational diseases and prepare workers to deal with equipment hazards.

“Investing in projects that improve our knowledge mean we can continue to reduce injuries and save lives in Ontario workplaces,” said Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn. “By making the right investments today, we are helping ensure our province continues to be one of the safest places in the world to work.”

The province will work with partners to develop: Tools for workplaces to increase awareness of mobile equipment hazards such as vibration exposure, line-of-sight/situational awareness and musculoskeletal disorders for the construction, mining, pulp and paper and forestry sectors; an education program and broadly accessible resources to support the mental health and wellness of vulnerable employees such as young workers, new Canadians and those embarking on second careers; and a mobile app that will provide information about mental health, allow for self-assessment of symptoms and help Durham Regional Police Service’s

officers and staff find appropriate clinical services when needed.

These projects are part of the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program (OHSPIP), which supports workplace-focused innovation projects and collaborative partnerships that lead to improvements in occupational health and safety in Ontario.

Since 2003, Ontario’s annual rate of workplace injuries has dropped by more than 50 per cent, making the province’s workplaces the safest in Canada.

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

Wire Rope Failures and Near Failures on Cranes

Wire rope and cranes are joined at the hip when endeavoring to lift, move or transport materials. For centuries the combination of rope (sisal, manila, vegetable, steel, synthetic…) and a winching system have stirred the imagination of engineers and other interested persons in aiding the lifting and handling of heavy objects.

Giant strides in the development of the “crane and rope” system have led to unimaginable progress in leaps and bounds in today’s world. One thing that has remained constant over many decades is the fact that all types of rope used on cranes do eventually wear our and must be replaced.

This article focuses on actual wire rope failures, or near failures, that have occurred. The fact that all wire ropes on a crane will deteriorate over periods of operation is a universal truth, but the useful service life of wire rope will vary according to applications, operating conditions, working environment, type of crane, crane operator and other factors. Therefore, it is a necessity that proper inspection, maintenance and retirement criteria be firmly established to achieve safe and efficient working conditions.

The industry accepted sources for inspection and retirement procedures are listed in the ASME B 30.5 Safety Standard for Mobile Cranes & Locomotive (Photograph #1), and the OSHA Regulation CFR 29 1926 .552 OSHA Regulations on Cranes & Derricks.

When a wire rope on a crane fails, traumatic consequences will likely follow. At the very least, equipment damage and downtime will ensue, but more importantly lives many times are lost. These wire rope failures are mostly, not because of structural causes, but from human error, neglect, lack of training or not following known instructions. In my experience, the three main reasons for wire rope failures on cranes are misuse, abuse and overuse.

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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

 Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

 We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

 

Hercules Machining and Millwright Services

Since 1975, Hercules MMS (formerly Fundy Grinding) has been providing customers with quality machining and millwright services. Over time, the company has grown exponentially from providing these services locally to working across Canada and around the globe.

We have the equipment and the expertise to get the job done. All of our equipment is maintained, inspected and can be customized to match your requirements.

“Our name may have changed but our commitment, quality and expertise remain the same.”

From boring a small hole in a boom truck to complete maintenance shutdowns, we have the ability to bring our shop to yours. We can assist with all your maintenance requirements.

Our commitment to quality workmanship is supported by our ISO certification ensuring we match your expectations every time, whether the job is completed in our machine shop or on-site.
Hercules MMS offers traditional values and exceptional service. Let our experience help you achieve your goal of less downtime.

“Let our experience help you achieve your goal of less downtime.”

Hercules MMS Collage

MACHINE SHOP SERVICES

General Machine Shop Repairs

  • Electric motor end bell bearing fit repairs
  • Refurbishing bearing bores in large gearboxes
  • Rubber roller grinding
  • Teflon shrink sleeve installation
  • Roller manufacturing (steel and aluminum)
  • Surface grinding
  • Key way cutting
  • Spline cutting (straight sided and involute tooth cutting)
  • Custom design of replacement parts
  • Manufacture using stainless and carbon steel
  • 2D custom injection mold manufacturing
  • Babbit bearing reconditioning
  • Stainless steel boat shaft repair and manufacturing
  • Spray weld repairs on shaft seal fits
We offer pump repairs for the following types of pumps:

  • Reciprocating pumps
  • Multi stage deep well pumps
  • Milton Roy metering pumps
  • Portable hydraulic pumps
  • Multi stage boiler feed pumps
  • Fire pumps
  • Johnson vertical pumps
  • Gardener Duplex steam pumps
  • Dredge hydraulic pumps
Machine Shop Manufacturing. 
If we can’t fix it…We can make it.

  • Gears
  • Various sizes of shafts
  • Rollers (Steel & Aluminum – Up to 23’ long)
  • Specialized tooling
  • Rollers (Steel, Aluminum, Rubber)
Machine Shop Welding

  • Spray welding (Both Rototec & Eutalloy)
  • Aluminum and Stainless Steel Welding
  • MIG Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • Brazing
  • Plazark shapes up to 1/4” thick
  • Boretech Welding

ON-SITE MACHINE SERVICES

On-site Machining Services

  • We can provide onsite machining supervision
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts
  • Full document control with Inspection records sheets, time sheet control
  • Ability to provide costing updates as per customer requirements, daily or weekly
  • Can work as a stand-alone team or part of an integrated plant maintenance team
  • Full safety documentation available for job site use

Complete machine shop facility to assist onsite

 

“As a stand-alone team or part of an integrated plant maintenance team, we adapt to your needs”.

 

Insitu Services

  • Flange resurfacing 5”-60” diameter
  • Pipe weld preps 5” to 60”
  • Pipe cut out and weld bevels 6” to 18”
  • Motor base and sole plate milling
  • Stud and bolt removal (including large diameter studs)
  • Onsite drilling and tapping. (holes up to 4” dia.)
  • Line boring services ( 1.5” diameter and up)
  • Large diameter boring (up to 60”diameter )
  • Larger boring can be done on a per job request ex. pump/turbine casings, blower housing, etc
  • Slip ring machining
  • In place shaft machining and repair
  • In place shaft keyway milling
  • Bore honing services
  • Fixed coupling bolt hole boring
Portable Equipment

Our complete portable machine shop can be placed within your facility to support your shutdown or outage.

Our shop in a box can be customized to include:

  • Rigging and other lifting provisions
  • Standard steel stock
  • Millwright hand tooling
  • Additional machine equipment as needed
  • Portable shop can be customized to your requirements

MILLWRIGHT SERVICES

Since 1975 we have been working in the Power Generation Industry

For over 40 years, we have the Mining and Power Generation Industry. We provide complete Millwright crews for power plant shutdowns.

  • Dedicated turbine specialist crews can be provided for turbine repairs
  • We can provide millwright supervision
  • Ability to work 24 hour shifts
  • Full document control with inspection records sheets, time sheet control
  • Ability to provide costing updates as per customer requirements, daily or weekly
  • Can work as a stand alone team or part of an integrated plant maintenance team
  • Full safety documentation available for job site use
  • Proud partner of the Millwright Local 1178
  • Complete machine shop facility to assist onsite machining preparation for mobilization and support during outages
  • Millwright support for turbine installations or repairs
We have completed repairs on turbines such as:

  • Complete strip down and rebuilds on turbines and generators
  • Alignment of turbine and generator
  • Machining and replacing of valve studs
  • Valve and relay overhauls
  • Lifting of cylinders, cross over pipes, spindles, and rotor in and out of turbine
  • Bearing inspections and replacements
  • Hydrogen seal inspections and replacements
  • Alignment of pumps and commissioning
  • Boiler feed pump repairs
  • Force draft fan repairs

Traditional values, exceptional service.”

MMS Clients

Machine Shop Division Contact Information

If you have any questions about our Machine Shop Services, you can contact Arthur Lewis at 902-895-6911 or by Email.

Directions to Machine Shop

After Hours Coverage

Our normal hours of operation are from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00 pm. Hercules MMS understands that sometimes our customers can not predict when they will require require our services. It is for this reason that we offer our customers a way to contact us after our regular working hours. Customers that require our services after hours, can contact our “On Call” machinist to schedule a time to come in.

Our After Hours Number
902-890-4202

MMS Brochure
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Hercules MMS is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

 

 

Hercules Training Academy – Raising the Bar in Training

Did you know that our new Training Academy is just a few weeks away from opening its doors?

Construction is underway! Brand new classrooms and specialized training equipment will enable us to provide an even higher quality of service than ever before when it comes to safety training.

Hercules SLR offers an extensive suite of high-quality safety training and certification courses. Whether you’re looking for initial or refresher training, we provide practical, hands-on courses designed to exceed the minimum safety requirements.

Our courses can be customized to fit your workplace’s specific needs. We are always willing to design a course (or multiple courses) specifically for you! If you’re interested in building a customized training program, get in touch with us today. One of our training representatives would be happy to help you get started.

Be sure to check back for additional news updates on the progress of the Academy and to find out what we have in store for the launch day.

It’s time to TRAIN with the BEST!! To learn more about our courses available contact us at training@herculeslsr.com or click here to view our course overviews.

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

 

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

 

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Download our Products and Services Brochure

At Hercules SLR we are always innovating and expanding our marketing to keep you better informed.

We now have a wide range of marketing collateral that you can download and use as reference as to find out more about us – YOUR preferred Securing, Lifting and Rigging Solutions provider.

Hercules SLR is an essential part of your workplace. Our staff are the most knowledgeable and resourceful in the industry, highly trained and enthusiastic about their work. Our specialty is equipment, products and services for securing, lifting & rigging applications.

 

We understand the importance of sourcing high quality products. We carry a comprehensive inventory with a wide breadth. Our global reach enables us to supply thousands of customers with securing, lifting and rigging equipment every day.

 

This brochure gives a comprehensive general overview of the range of products, our brands and services we supply. Be sure to keep an eye on the news section for more brochures, as we expand the website we will be adding a dedicated resource library which we hope you will find useful and informative.

 

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

 

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

 

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events

CM Technical Bulletin

CM Hoist Technical Bulletin

CM SERIES 622 HAND CHAIN HOIST REDESIGNED FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE WITH DECREASED HEADROOM, EASIER LOAD ATTACHMENT AND LOWER PULL FORCE

Columbus McKinnon is excited to announce the redesign of the CM Series 622 hand chain hoist. A simple, efficient and economical hoist, the headroom of the CM Hoist Series 622 is now lower than ever, allowing for easier use and installation in confined spaces and low-headroom applications.

The CM Hoist 622 is also easier to operate. Redesigned units have a pull force as low as 50 lbs., as well as reduced chain overhaul, requiring less effort and increasing efficiency. They also feature larger hook throat openings, making the units’ 360-degree swiveling hooks even easier to position and attach to the load. New units also feature a double pawl to ensure positive load control in all environments as well as precise load positioning.

Effective immediately, Columbus McKinnon will begin phasing in new models of the Series 622-A as inventory of current models is depleted. These units will feature a “Model 622-A” on the product label for easy identification.

The CM Series 622 is available in capacities ranging from 1,000 lbs. to 5 tons with standard lifts up to 30 ft. These hoists are metric rated and have a standard one-year warranty. To learn more, view the product brochure.

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

 

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

 

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.

Samson Case Study: Svitzer A/S Adopts Samson Fusion-12 Lines

BACKGROUND
As part of the Maersk Group of companies, Svitzer A/S is the largest towage and salvage company in the world, operating more than 430 vessels and employing over 4,000 associates globally and has adopted Samson Ropes. From Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to Australia, North America, and South America, Svitzer’s fleet is composed of large, high-capacity tugs (80mt bollard pull or greater), midrange tugs (50mt–70mt bollard pull range), and legacy tugs, used mostly for utility work.

While Svitzer’s high-capacity tugs are obvious candidates for the latest in ultra-lightweight, high-strength, 100% Dyneema® fiber ropes such as Samson’s Saturn-12™, midsize tug towing lines have traditionally been treated as a commodity.

CHALLENGES
Until recently, Svitzer’s midsize tugs utilized traditional fiber ropes, usually all polyester—either jacketed or single-braid. To meet the strength requirements of towage operations, these ropes are large, heavy, and difficult to handle. When wet, the weight problem is even greater. In addition, large polyester ropes don’t always spool well on winch drums.

1) The jackets part, compromising the strength of the line.

2) Jackets can mask damage to the core.

Repairing the damage often leads to long splicing sessions, taking the tug out of service for as long as a day. In the long run, it’s cheaper to replace the ropes.

“In much of the tug industry, rope has been regarded as a commodity—if it breaks, throw it away and replace it,” said Mark Gambell, EMEA technical sales manager for Samson. “We try to help the crews recognize that their ropes are highly complex, engineered pieces of equipment, just like the winches, drive systems, and other equipment they rely on daily. When a rope breaks, we take it very seriously and we want to understand the cause of the failure.”

SOLUTION

Svitzer wanted a rope that could withstand the strain of standard operations encountered by midsize tugs, eliminating the headaches of undetected damage that can lead to early failure, but without the investment in high-performance, all-HMPE (high-modulus polyethylene) ropes. Samson ropes research and development team went to work.

 

The answer was Samson ropes Fusion-12. As a hybrid rope, it blends the strength and performance of Dyneema® HMPE with polyester fiber into a single-braid construction that is significantly stronger than other polyester ropes, yet lighter, more flexible, and easier to handle. Fusion-12 spools well without polyester’s tendency to dive/bury on winch drums. On-board inspection is a simple process and on-site splicing takes a fraction of the time required for jacketed constructions. Additionally, Fusion-12 has reduced elongation and better resistance to abrasion compared to traditional polyester lines. Best of all, it bridges the investment gap between high-performance 100% HMPE and traditional fiber ropes.

Read the full case study here.

 

 

Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies which offers a unique portfolio of businesses nationally with locations from coast to coast. Our companies provide an extensive coverage of products and services that support the success of a wide range of business sectors across Canada including the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, oil and gas, mining and marine industries.

 

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLR, Hercules Machining & Millwright Services, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

 

We have the ability to provide any solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events