Demandez aux Experts | Étiquettes D’identification des Harnais

L’une des premières choses que les techniciens d’inspection recherchent lorsqu’ils inspectent un gréement et une élingue de levage est de savoir si l’étiquette d’identification est manquante ou illisible. Mais que signifient tous ces marquages et pourquoi sont-ils importants ? Les experts en gréement Hercules SLR de Brampton, en Ontario, sont sur place pour expliquer tout cela.

L’étiquette d’identification de votre harnais vous fournit une foule de renseignements essentiels pour vous assurer que vous levez en toute sécurité, notamment La fabrication du harnais ou l’endroit où il a été réparé le plus récemment, le matériau du harnais, la limite de charge nominale (LFU) du harnais, le numéro de série, le code de fabrication ou le numéro de stock et le type de harnais.

Ce sont toutes des informations qui doivent être prises en compte lors de la création d’un plan de levage afin de choisir le meilleur type d’élingue pour le travail en fonction de la WLL, de la configuration et des capacités de l’attelage et des différents angles d’élingage.

Tous les types d’élingues seront livrés avec une étiquette d’identification fournie par le fabricant. Pendant la durée de vie du harnais, il est important de conserver l’étiquette le mieux possible afin qu’elle reste lisible. Si votre étiquette est endommagée, manquante ou illisible, le harnais doit être immédiatement retiré du service.

Des inspections régulières vous permettront de vous assurer que vous n’utilisez jamais une élingue de chaîne sans étiquette en bon état. Si vous constatez qu’une étiquette est endommagée, manquante ou illisible avant les inspections requises, faites simplement remplacer l’étiquette. Bien qu’il s’agisse d’une réparation, il n’est pas nécessaire de procéder à des essais supplémentaires à ce moment-là (à moins d’une exigence contraire).

Quelles sont les exigences relatives aux étiquettes d’identification ?

Les experts de Hercules SLR à Brampton, en Ontario, répondent à des questions clés sur le gréement sur les plateformes de médias sociaux du groupe Hercules – et voici l’une de ces questions ! Dans la vidéo ci-dessous, ils passent (rapidement) en revue les exigences relatives aux étiquettes d’indication pour les élingues en chaîne et vous montrent la différence entre une étiquette en bon état et une étiquette qui ne passerait pas l’inspection.

Exigences relatives aux élingues en chaîne en alliage

Chaque élingue de chaîne en alliage doit être marquée avec :
  • Le nom et la marque du fabricant (ou le nom du centre de réparation, s’il est remplacé)
  • Nombre de pattes
  • Taille de la chaîne
  • Grade
  • Longueur (portée)
  • Charge nominale pour (au moins) un type d’attelage et l’angle sur lequel elle est basée
  • Identification individuelle du harnais (c’est-à-dire numéro de série)
  • Date de fabrication

Exigences en matière d’élingues en câbles métalliques

Chaque élingue de câble d’acier doit être marquée avec:
  • Le nom et la marque du fabricant (ou le nom du lieu de réparation, s’il est remplacé)
  • Charge nominale pour (au moins) un type d’attelage et l’angle sur lequel elle est basée
  • Diamètre ou taille
  • Nombre si jambes (si plus d’une)

Exigences relatives aux harnais en maille métallique

Chaque élingue en maille métallique doit être marquée avec :
  • Le nom et la marque du fabricant (ou le nom du lieu de réparation, s’il est remplacé)
  • Charge nominale pour (au moins) un type d’attelage et l’angle sur lequel elle est basée
  • Identification individuelle de l’élingue (ex : numéro de série)

Exigences relatives aux élingues en corde synthétique

Chaque élingue en corde synthétique doit être marquée avec :
  • Le nom et la marque du fabricant (ou le nom du lieu de réparation, s’il est remplacé)
  • Code du fabricant ou numéro de stock
  • Charge nominale pour (au moins) un type d’attelage et l’angle sur lequel elle est basée
  • Type de matériau fibreux
  • Nombre de pattes (si plus d’une)

Exigences relatives au harnais en toile synthétique

Chaque sangle en tissu synthétique doit être marquée avec :
  • Le nom et la marque du fabricant (ou le nom du lieu de réparation, s’il est remplacé)
  • Code du fabricant ou numéro de stock
  • Charge nominale pour (au moins) un type d’attelage et l’angle sur lequel elle est basée
  • Type de matériau fibreux
  • Nombre de pattes (si plus d’une)

Exigences relatives aux ronds à béton en polyester

Chaque rondelle de Polyester doit être marquée avec :
  • Le nom et la marque du fabricant (ou le nom du lieu de réparation, s’il est remplacé)
  • Code du fabricant ou numéro de stock
  • Charge nominale pour (au moins) un type d’attelage et l’angle sur lequel elle est basée
  • Matériau du noyau
  • Matériau de couverture (si différent du matériau de base)
  • Nombre de pattes (si plus d’une)

Exigences en matière d’arrondissements haute performance

Chaque rondelle de haute performance doit être marquée avec :
  • Le nom et la marque du fabricant (ou le nom du centre de réparation, s’il est remplacé)
  • Code du fabricant ou numéro de stock
  • Charge nominale pour (au moins) un type d’attelage et l’angle sur lequel elle est basée
  • Fil à âme, y compris le(s) type(s) de fibres ou mélange(s)
  • Matériau de couverture (si différent du matériau de base)
  • Nombre de pattes (si plus d’une)

Ce n’est pas par chance que l’on peut effectuer un travail de levage en toute sécurité, mais avec les connaissances et la préparation nécessaires ! Il est important de garder un œil sur l’étiquette d’indication de votre harnais pour s’assurer qu’elle n’est pas endommagée, manquante ou illisible.

Mais lorsqu’il s’agit de s’assurer que votre équipement fonctionne correctement et en toute sécurité, laissez les experts s’en charger ! En effectuant des inspections régulières, vous n’aurez plus à vous soucier de la sécurité de votre équipement et vous aurez un effet majeur sur les pannes imprévues et les coûts de votre entreprise !

Trouvez toutes vos solutions d’arrimage, de levage et de gréement sous un même toit chez Hercules SLR. Que vous soyez sur le marché pour acheter une élingue, que vous ayez besoin de l’inspecter ou que vous recherchiez un entretien, Hercules SLR a ce qu’il vous faut !

Nous vous offrons bien plus que des élingues ! Hercules SLR inspecte, répare et certifie :

  • Câbles d’acier
  • Protection contre les chutes
  • Appareil de levage
  • Matériel de gréement
  • Palans & Grues
  • Treuils & Hydraulique

Notre équipe expérimentée et certifiée LEEA s’assurera que votre équipement est conforme à l’ASME et aux règlements provinciaux. Une fois les inspections, les réparations et les essais terminés, nous fournirons une certification complète sur votre équipement afin de démontrer qu’il est conforme aux règlements de sécurité provinciaux et nationaux.


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April 28, Day of Mourning: Fight for the Living, Mourn for the Dead

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APRIL 28, DAY OF MOURNING | ABOUT

Every year in Canada, April 28 is the Day of Mourning. This is to commemorate workers who have lost their life, been injured or made ill at work.

The Day of Mourning has grown to include more than 120 countries around the world. In many of these places, it’s known as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, or Worker’s Memorial Day. 

The purpose of this day is to not only remember and honour those lost to workplace accidents, but to inform and educate workers about workplace accidents and talk about how we can prevent these tragedies. 

APRIL 28, DAY OF MOURNING | FAST FACTS ON WORKPLACE INJURY

  • In 1984, the Canadian Labour congress created the National Day of Mourning in Canada 
  • In 1991, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act to recognize April 28 as an official date of mourning 
  • Young worker’s aged 18-24 are most likely to be injured on the job. 
  • In 2017, 951 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada—46 more than 2016. 23 of these deaths were workers aged 15-24. 
  • 251,508 accepted claims from workplace injury (An increase of 10,000 accepted claims from 2016) for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease. 
  • Canadian flags on Parliament fly at half-mast 
  • To show respect for others who have lost their life, people wear yellow ribbons, black, light candles and/or observe a moment of silence at 11am. 

APRIL 28, DAY OF MOURNING | WHAT YOU CAN DO

On the Day of Mourning, there are a few things you can do at your workplace to commemorate the day, pay respects and commit to safety. Here are a few ideas: 

  • Have a health & safety meeting covering safety-related topics like PPE 
  • Have your team share stories about different safety-related situations or issues they’ve dealt with
  • Brainstorm ideas to make your workplace safer with your team

We remember those who died, were injured or made ill from their work. We commit to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies. 


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Why Workplace Culture Matters | #HercAtWork

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FUN AT WORK: WHY WORKPLACE CULTURE MATTERS 

Fun at work is important, and this is one of the reasons why workplace culture matters — Seriously. We’ve went over our passion for safety before, but we’re also passionate about fun. 

Why is fun important? Well, an article from Monster states that a focus on happiness at work not only leads to a more positive workforce, but a better bottom-line, too.

Studies found organizations that had fun and were allowed to be silly were linked to higher employee engagement, retention and profitability. Another study completed by the University of Warwick found that happier employees put in more effort, and were more productive by 12%, and in some cases even 20% more productive.  

There are more abstract benefits that show why fun workplace culture matters, too—Workplaces that allow employees to have fun also allow them to be more creative, which often leads to employees to find unique solutions to organizational problems.   

Fun really is a win-win situation for employers, managers and employees. 

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WHY WORKPLACE CULTURE MATTERS | HOW HERCULES SLR HAS FUN

Here are just some of the ways we have fun at Hercules SLR: 

  • Contests and incentives for reaching goals, targets & achievements 
  • Social committee with activities like mini golf, axe-throwing and arts & craft nights  
  • Company comraderies
  • Collaborative and upbeat environment 

WHY WORKPLACE CULTURE MATTERS | PERKS OF HERC 

At Hercules SLR, we work hard and take pride in our work, but we know that sometimes it’s nice to sweeten the deal.

Hercules SLR offers: 

  • Fully-equipped break-room with vending machine, complementary coffee & tea and cooking appliances like a grill, toaster & kettle
  • On-the-job training (Videos, manuals, online power-point & resources) 
  • Free parking

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

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ISO and Energy

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ISO AND ENERGY | GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN THE WORLD AGREES 

THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATIONiso and energy at hercules securing, lifting and rigging

ISO and energy — What does it mean for the rigging industry, and how does it help? Read on for ISO’s guest post and learn more about ISO and the energy industry.

ISO is:  

  • An Independent, non-governmental organization 
  • A global network of national standards bodies with one-member per country
  • Create International Standards 
  • Coordinated by a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland 
  • Are not-for-profit—Selling their standards allows them to finance their development in a neutral environment, maintain standards & make new ones 
  • Provides a platform for developing practical tools through common understanding and cooperation with all stakeholders. 

WHY DO WE NEED ISO STANDARDS FOR ENERGY?

Over 1.2 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity, yet world energy production is at its highest ever and is expected to increase by up to 30 % by 2030*. What’s more, the earth is warming at unprecedented rates, largely due to man-made greenhouse gases that are causing havoc to our climate. Increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewables is key to meeting the world’s energy demands while contributing to global targets to reduce carbon emissions.

Energy is the major contributor to climate change, making up 60% of total greenhouse gas emissions. 

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WHO BENEFITS FROM ISO STANDARDS FOR ENERGY? 

who benefits from iso and energy

WHAT ENERGY SECTORS DOES ISO COVER? 

ISO covers sectors which include:

  • Construction
  • Renewable energy
  • IT and household appliances
  • Transportation
  • Industrial products & processes
  • Power generation
  • Wind power
  • Hydrogen 

WHAT STANDARDS DOES ISO HAVE FORiso and energy at hercules slr ENERGY? 

Out of a total of over 22 000 International Standards, ISO has more than 200 related to energy efficiency and renewables, with many more in development.

Below is a selection of ISO’s standards for energy:

Carbon capture and storage

ISO has published a number of standards that facilitate the use of this innovative technology, which consists of extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from large stationary sources and injecting them into a geologic storage formation for safe and secure disposal.

  • ISO/TC 265, Carbon dioxide capture, transportation and geological storage  

Energy management

In addition to ISO 50001 on energy management systems (see Box overleaf), our most widely used energy-related standard, ISO has developed standards on energy performance indicators, the measurement, analysis and verification of energy performance, as well as methodologies for the calculation of energy savings in projects, organizations and regions.

  • ISO/TC 301, Energy management and energy savings 

Environmental management

Alongside ISO 14001 for environmental management, ISO 14064 on the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gases and ISO 14025 on environmental labels and declarations are just some of the many standards that help organizations reduce their environmental impact through smarter energy usage.

  • ISO/TC 207, Environmental management 

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Buildings

Energy consumption in buildings accounts for over 20 % of total primary energy use worldwide 1), and up to 40 % in developed economies such as the United States and the EU 2), and it is on the rise. ISO has a number of standards that help make buildings more energy-efficient, covering everything from the design of the whole building to its individual parts. This includes the ISO 52000 family of standards, which takes a holistic approach to improving the energy performance of buildings. It contains a comprehensive method of assessing energy performance as the total primary energy used for heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation and domestic hot water of buildings, thus supporting new technologies and approaches to building design and management.

  • ISO/TC 163, Thermal performance and energy use in the built environment
  • ISO/TC 205, Building environment design

Information Technology

Standards that address the performance of information and communication technology (ICT) and household appliances are key players in reducing energy consumption. The new ISO/IEC 30134 series of standards, developed in conjunction with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), aims to make ICT products more energy-efficient.

  • ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 39, Sustainability for and by information technology

Transportation

New technology is making inroads in reducing the energy consumption and polluting emissions of vehicles, but there is still a long way to go. ISO standards help pave the way for these technologies by providing useful tools to support their development. These include standards such as ISO 16923 and ISO 16924 for the design and operation of stations dispensing compressed and liquefied natural gas to vehicles, ISO 8714 for measuring the reference energy consumption of electric passenger cars, and ISO 23274 for measuring exhaust emissions and fuel consumption in hybrid vehicles. Other related documents feature ISO/TS 19880, a technical specification that recommends the minimum safety characteristics for hydrogen fuelling stations. In addition, the ISO 6469 series provides safety specifications for rechargeable energy storage systems for electric cars.

  • ISO/TC 22/SC 37, Electrically propelled vehicles
  • ISO/TC 197, Hydrogen technologies

Industrial products and processes

ISO has standards to increase the performance and effectiveness of machines and equipment, including refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, automation systems, industrial fans, air and gas cleaning equipment and more.

  • ISO/TC 115, Pumps
  • ISO/TC 117, Fans
  • ISO/TC 184, Automation systems and integration

Renewables

ISO has published over 50 standards for solar energy systems and biofuels, namely standards for performance ratings and test methods, solar heating, solar panels and solid biofuels. Future technical work will cover solar thermal collectors and the safety of solid biofuel pellets.

  • ISO/TC 180, Solar energy
  • ISO/TC 238, Solid biofuels

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Under Construction: Building Safety Culture at Hercules SLR

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Hercules SLR has been building a safety culture for over 45 years—Yes, we literally got here by playing it safe.

When it comes to rigging, Hercules SLR does it all, and we does it safely. How do we build a safety culture? Read on to learn how we make safety cool, (really). 

SAFETY CULTURE | why we’re proud 

We approach safety with everything we do, from how we inspect cranes to how we pull into our parking lot each morning (It’s true, we back in—It’s the safest way).  

It’s important to lead by example. Behaviour-based safety training has long-been used as a framework to build a safety culture. This approach says that human-behaviour is the main cause of workplace accidents, and to prevent workplace accidents, employees should tell supervisors and managers when unsafe behaviours take place, and discipline or reward them—And yes, while human error is up there on the list of reasons why, it’s also been proven that discipline alone and placing blame doesn’t actually make a workplace safer.

It’s much more effective to lead by example, ingrain safety in your daily actions and get feedback from coworkers and employees on the safety culture at your organization. To us, it’s important to know why employees work safe—Why do you want to go home at the end of each day? Whether it’s to spend time with family, play hockey or go ATVing, our safety culture lets us do what we love outside of work. 

SAFETY CULTURE | leading by example

We provide training and on-going learning opportunities for our employees—These include:

  • Support and training for all branches across Canada by our in-house trainer, Lisa Barkhouse  
  • Rich online resource library (powerpoints, manuals & video)
  • Opportunities for external training and certifications 
  • The Hercules Training Academy—our cutting-edge training academy is equipped with a crane that supports 10-tonnes, smaller gantry cranes and materials to lift and rig you’ll actually encounter on-site

Overall, Canadian workplaces lack on-the-job training, and Hercules SLR is passionate about providing on-the-job training. We know it’s important to give our employees the skills they need to be safe.

SAFETY CULTURE | health, safety & life at Hercules SLR

Health and safety go hand-in-hand. How does Hercules SLR make sure we support a healthy lifestyle? We: 

  • Offer incentives for employees to get out and get moving
  • Benefits comparable to industry standards
  • Social outings and team-building activities 

We’re also proud of our diverse workforce. We have staff hailing from China to England—And Canada, of course. 

What else is great about work at Herc? There’s:

  • Strong sense of teamwork 
  • Management team that recognizes individual achievements you reach and exceed
  • Bonuses and sales incentives for our team of Customer Service Representative’s (CSR’s) and salespeople 
  • Exciting growth opportunities for those who are eager to learn—For example, of one our inspectors expressed interest in gaining more certification, and we made it happen for her. 

SAFETY CULTURE | is work at Hercules SLR right for you?

Is #HercAtWork right for you? If you’re:

  • Engaged
  • Motivated
  • A self-advocate
  • Excited to learn

You’ll fit right in. Find information on current career openings below. 


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

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Suspension Trauma: 3 Must-Know Myths

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Suspension trauma has a few different names—Harness hang, harness-induced pathology and orthostatic intolerance (the medical term). Consequences can be fatal, and it’s important to be aware of symptoms and ways to prevent its onset.

Suspension trauma has its fair share of misconceptions—One of the biggest is that it’s a myth. 

In this article, we discuss three myths that surround suspension trauma you must know. 

MYTH #1: SUSPENSION TRAUMA ISN’T REAL

It is! Suspension trauma happens when a worker’s movement is vertically suspended, restricted and upright for an extended period of time and lose consciousness.

But why does this happen? Blood pools in the legs and makes them swell, while blood pressure drops. Typically, when orthostatic intolerance sets in the victim faints so blood will re-circulate through the body—A worker in restrictive fall arresting equipment can’t do this. 

It can be minor, too—A common example is people who are still for long periods of time and faint, or feel dizzy when they get up. 

Now, imagine you’ve arrested a fall, don’t have a rescue plan and first responders are still on the way. 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and now 25 minutes pass. You know that suspension trauma can set in after just 30 minutes. Time is ticking. You’re covered in sweat, you feel dizzy and terribly nauseous.

Finally, you’re cut down and pass out, unconscious. You’re in the hospital—There’s paperwork, lost-time and incident investigations to happen. Who knew a little slip could cause so much trouble?

Yes, you’re alive, but next time, you’ll definitely have a rescue plan. And suspension trauma is real.

MYTH #2: SAFETY HARNESSES MAKE SUSPENSION TRAUMA EXTINCT

Suspension trauma is still a reality. Yes, education, training and equipment reduce injuries and fatalities in industrial workplaces, but prevention is still a priority. Look at it this way—Vaccines exist for illness like the measles, but people still contract it when they don’t use preventative measures. 

Individual factors increase a worker’s risk to develop the trauma, and its effects are not easy to predict person-to-person. 

These factors include: 

  • Individual’s ability to manage anxiety/stress
  • Harness selection & fit
  • Poor training
  • Previous injury or illness 

This is why training is vital. It’s important to teach employees not only what happens when you use the wrong PPE, but psychological coping mechanisms to help a worker deal with a potential fall. Proper training will also emphasize the importance to continuously move your legs in specific ways to maintain circulation—It’s important The right safety harness and leg straps will allow the worker to move 

MYTH #3:  WHEN THE HARNESS IS OFF, IT’S OVER 

Okay, so when I take the safety harness off I’m fine, right? Wrong.  

Workers in vertical positions must receive medical attention immediately after release. In past suspension trauma cases, victims have died after the harness comes off—This is known as ‘rescue death’.

Some doctors think it’s caused when blood tries to circulate through the body at its normal pace, and can’t. Did you know leg muscles are one of your body’s auxiliary pumps? When legs hang, motionless and upright, it pinches the arteries and blood can’t flow to crucial parts of the body, like the heart and brain. Key areas affected are:

  • Leg circulation
  • Heart circulation
  • Brain circulation 

Fortunately, like we mention above, industrial environments benefit with the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to prevent suspension trauma. Recorded injuries from suspension trauma are somewhat rare—But training and proper PPE are key to this.

A body harness that doesn’t fit properly, is fit with the wrong accessories or is uncomfortable, does more harm than good. Remember—Suspension trauma does exist, the right safety harness help prevent it and negative effects of suspension trauma can linger after the harness is off. It’s important to train yourself and workers (even those who may not be working at heights) of the risk and procedures to take before, during and after a fall.


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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies. We have a unique portfolio of businesses nationally, with locations coast-to-coast. Hercules Group of Companies provides extensive coverage of products and services that support a variety of sectors across Canada which includes the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, 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 hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Get to Know Your Training Specialist – Kevin Giles CRSP

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Kevin Giles, CRSP is one of our highly experienced Training Specialists and Safety Consultants. We sat down with him to find out more about him and how he decided to choose training as a career path.

Tell us about your educational background?

Kevin: I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, so I started my education at the Nova Scotia Community College in the Forestry Program. I went on to further my education at the Maritime Forest Ranger School in Fredericton NB and graduated in in 1997.

During the next 11 years I worked in many different aspects of forestry from privet woodlot management, and saw milling to large scale harvesting operations. In every job I did I always played a strong role in health and safety of the workplace, it became clear to me that this was the area I wanted to concentrate on, and I never turned back.

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I completed the Health and Safety Professional (HSP) designation and was one of the first people to achieve the designation from the Canadian Association Of Provincial Safety Councils. In 2011 a major highlight of my career was achieving the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation with the Canadian Board of Registered Safety Professionals.

During my 11 years with Hercules I have furthered my education in many areas including; train the trainer programs, Master Rigger, non-destructive testing, and completing 4 diploma programs with the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). As you can tell I love to grow my knowledge and am highly committed to continuous education, my next goal is to complete the Diploma program in Occupational Health and Safety with the University of New Brunswick, only 3 more courses to go!

What made you decide to go into this industry?

Kevin: As I mentioned the safety industry sort of came to me rather than me seeking it out. With every job I ever had since I was 16 years old I played some kind of role in safety, from being a first aid provider on the ski hills with the Canadian Ski Patrol, to being part of various safety committees, and developing policies and procedures with large industrial forestry operations and sawmills. The rigging industry has given me the opportunity to explore so many aspects of safety I find It amazing to think of.

Can you tell us about your work experience before joining Hercules SLR?

Kevin: Upon graduation from the Maritime Forest Ranger School I worked with the SNB Wood Co-op and the Hants County Woodlot Owners Association helping private woodlot owners manage their woodlots for a verity of forest productivity, environmental, and wildlife goals. This was a very rewarding time and experience in my forestry career.

After 4 years in the privet woodlot industry I moved into several new roles in a more industrial forestry operation with JD Irving ltd., working as harvesting supervisor, planer mill supervisor, and chip plant supervisor. This industrial atmosphere gave me to opportunity to work with contractors, unionized workers, students and many more. Working in these environments which already had a very strong safety culture helped me to build confidence and a broad knowledge base of various safety program elements.

What made you want to transition into training?

Kevin: I’ve always enjoyed helping people and sharing my knowledge whenever I could. I started formally instructing with the Canadian Red Cross first aid programs and have taught for the Canadian Ski Patrol, Saint John Ambulance, Safety Services Nova Scotia, and various employers along the way. I enjoy when I can help a student or coworker have that “lightbulb moment” when everything seems to come together and they get a clear understanding of the topic.

Why did you decide to work for Hercules SLR?

Kevin: When I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in safety the opportunity to Join the Hercules team came available. The timing was right and it was the perfect fit. Having a fulltime safety professional was new for the company and it was new for me. I am very happy to say the company and myself have grown together over the last 11 years to build a strong safety culture.

Where have you traveled during your time as a training specialist for Hercules SLR?

Kevin: The majority of the training that we deliver is based in the maritime provinces, but we are able to deliver training anywhere in Canada.  I’ve delivered training from the coast of NL to the coast of BC and many stops in between, including Ontario, Quebec, PEI, NB and Alberta.

Where have you enjoyed traveling to most for training?

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Kevin: Traveling to different parts of NL over the past few years has been interesting. The people are great, and it has been very interesting to see the change in safety culture since the oil industry has grown so much there. Some of the most memorable places to provide training has been in a federal prison, on various ships, sawmills, and airplane hangars. Sometimes you just don’t know what you are getting into and that is always exciting.

Is there anywhere that you would like to travel to in the future with Hercules SLR?

Kevin: I would really like to travel to the northern parts of Canada maybe up to Yellowknife or somewhere in the North West Territories.

Lastly, is there anything that you hope to accomplish during your career in the industry?

Kevin: I hope to be able to make a great success of our Hercules Training Academy and some day expand the course offerings to include some more of the academic safety programs to help companies build a strong safety culture.

 

Hercules SLR offers a wide array of safety training courses. Alongside our standard courses we can tailor make courses to suit your specific requirements, at our facility or yours. To find out more about our course and how we can help you raise the bar in safety training email us at: training@herculesslr.com

 

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 Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook for more news and upcoming events.