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Fortis Engineering & Manufacturing is One of the First Companies in Canada to Receive ISO 45001-2018 Certification

Fortis Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. has successfully been audited by an expert third party certifier for ISO Quality Management System (QMS) and is pleased to announce that it meets all the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001-2016, and ISO 45001-2018 and are certified to these Standards.

ISO 45001-2018
  • A new International Standards (formally OHSAS 18001) that specifies requirements for an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) management system, to enable Fortis to proactively improve OH&S performance in preventing injury and ill-health. Fortis is one of the first companies in Canada to achieve this Standard
ISO 45001-18 demonstrates that Fortis is committed to improve OH&S performance by:
  • Developing and implementing an OH&S policy and OH&S objectives
  • Establishing systematic processes which consider its "context" and which consider its risks and opportunities, legal, and other requirements 
  • Determining the hazards and OH&S risks associated with its activities; seeking to eliminate them, or putting in controls to minimize their potential effects
  • Establishing operational controls to manage its OH&S risks and its legal and other requirements 
ISO 9001-2015
ISO 9001-15 demonstrates that Fortis is committed to:
  • Total quality management
  • Customer focus
  • A continuous improvement process approach implemented throughout the organization
  • Critical processes and their interactions are understood and documented
  • A strong management commitment to all these facets of the ISO 9001 
  • Integrating Risk Management into all aspects of the business 
ISO 14001-2016
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) is a systematic framework to manage the immediate and long-term environmental impacts of Fortis' products, services, and processes. Through Certification in this Standard, Fortis can assure stakeholders that our environmental management system meets international industry specific environmental standards.
ISO 14001-2016 demonstrates that Fortis is committed to:
  • Minimize the environmental footprint
  • Diminish the risk of pollution incidents
  • Provide operational improvements
  • Ensure compliance with relevant environmental legislation
  • Develop their business in a sustainable manner
  • Identify cost savings with greater emphasis on resource, waste, and energy management
  • Increasing awareness of OH&S risks
  • Evaluating its OH&S performance and seeking to improve it, by taking appropriate actions
  • Ensuring workers take an active role in OH&S matters

Fortis Completes PCS Rocanville Projects With Unique Methodology And a Smooth Transition

The past couple years have been busy ones for Fortis.   As a mining subcontractor and contractor, we have successfully completed a number of projects for local potash mines in Saskatchewan.  We are particularly proud of the mine service work we have completed at PCS Rocanville.

As part of Rocanville West Expansion in December of 2015, Fortis was contracted to complete the following mine service work:

  • Installation of mine hoist head ropes, balance ropes, guide ropes and rub ropes in the PCS Rocanville Scissor Creek new service shaft. 
  • Installation and commissioning of the new mine shaft service cage and counterweight.  

In December 2016, Fortis completed work on the PCS Rocanville No. 2 shaft conversion project.  For this particular mining service job the scope of work included: 

  • Removal of existing mine hoist ropes.
  • Replacement of existing shaft bottom steel and tie in to new shaft tower structure, as part of the conversion from a mine service shaft to mine production shaft.
  • Installation of the new production shaft hoist head ropes, balance ropes, guide ropes and rub ropes as part of the conversion from a mine service shaft to mine production shaft.
  • Installation and commissioning of new 50 Ton production skips.

For both projects, Fortis was instrumental in the development of methodologies and safety procedures.  As an example, Fortis developed a unique methodology for installation of both skips in No.2 Shaft from the same side of the headframe, saving a considerable amount of time during installation.  Both jobs were successfully completed on time and without injury!

At the completion of both Rocanville jobs PCS was particularly happy with the training their employees received in the transition phase, which resulted in a smooth turnover and another happy Fortis customer!

For more information on Fortis mining services please email call 306-242-4427 or toll free at 1-844-542-2247

Fortis Mining Engineering & Manufacturing is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.  

"Fortis is your partner in providing mining solutions." 

Fortis Successfully Completes Underground Conveyor Upgrade Installation

In September of 2012 Fortis took on yet another challenging mine project.   This particular job was at the Mosaic Colonsay Mine.

The scope of work included: demolition and removal of the existing conveyor; mucking, excavation, rehabilitation and rock bolting; installation of structural steel, mechanical equipment and all conveyor components. Fortis successfully completed the project two days prior to its scheduled completion date with no safety incidents. Fortis is proud of the quality of work it provided and its timely completion.

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing continues to set the bar high as a Mining contractor and service company.   Fortis continues it's work in many of the mines in and around Saskatchewan.   Fortis has completed contractor work in Saskatchewan mines; PCS Allan, Mosaic Colonsay, SanGold Bisset, Cameco Cigar Lake, BHP Billiton Janzen, PCS Lanigan and many more.

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing is proudly Saskatoon, Saskatchewan owned and operated.

Popular Mining Trade Shows for 2016

At Fortis we recognize the importance of mining industry trade shows.   It would be great if we could have a booth or send delegates to every show.   However, attending every mining trade show is simply not possible.   Hard decisions need to be made on which mining trade shows to attend.  Yet even finding a list of the popular mining trade shows can be difficult.  For the convenience of our partners and clients, here is our list of popular mining trade shows for 2016:

Popular Mining Trade Shows Outside of North America

Expomin 2016 
April 25-29, 2016
Espacio Riesco
Santiago de Chile, Chile 

ExpoMina 2016 
September 14-16, 2016
Centro de Exposiciones Jockey
Lima, Peru 

MINExpo 2016  
September 26-28, 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. 

Popular Mining Trade Shows in North America

Prospectors and Developers Association (PDAC) 2016
March 6-9, 2016 
Toronto, Canada 
PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange is the world’s leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. The four-day annual convention has grown in size, stature and influence since it began in 1932 and today is the event of choice for the world’s mineral industry. In addition to meeting over 1,000 exhibitors, 25,122 attendees from over 100 countries, it allows you the opportunity to attend technical sessions, short courses as well as social and networking events.

Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show 2016
April 7-8, 2016 
Moncton, Canada 
Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive heavy equipment show returns to the Moncton Coliseum. This is THE must-attend event for the heavy equipment, roadbuilding, forestry, landscaping, and municipality sectors―boasting a vast indoor and outdoor showcase of the latest products, services, and BIG iron.

Expo Grands Travaux
April 22-23, 2016
Montreal, Quebec
With a decade of history and growth, this massive heavy equipment show has established itself as a pillar of the industry. Visitors will be treated to many exciting features, including a brand new demo zone. A small fleet of dump trucks will deliver thousands of tons of dirt directly onto the stadium floor and equipment will dig, lift, carry, break and push, just like on an actual worksite.

Canadian Institute of Mining Convention (CIM) 2016
May 1-4, 2016 
Vancouver, Canada 
Founded in 1898, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries.  CIM has over 14,600 members, convened from industry, academia and government. With 10 Technical Societies and over 35 Branches, our members help shape, lead and connect Canada’s mining industry, both within our borders and across the globe.

International Conference & Exhibition on Mining, Material & Metallurgical Education
July 11-13, 2016
Quebec City, Quebec
The International Conference & Exhibition on Mining, Material & Metallurgical Education (ICMM) is the premier event will focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences in mining, material and metallurgical pedagogy and education.

ISMS 2016
August 13-19, 2016
Montreal, Quebec
The third International Symposium on Mine Safety Science and Engineering covers different aspects of mine safety issues ranging from rock mechanics and ground control to occupational health and safety.

COM 2016, Conference of Metallurgists
September 11-15, 2016
Quebec City, Quebec
In September 2016, over 1,500 mineral processing experts, academics and industry professionals from more than 60 countries will gather to explore and discuss the important issues and trends currently shaping our industry and its future. Canada last hosted the IMPC in 1982. The theme of the 2016 conference is “Sustainability in Metals and Materials Processing and Use.”

MINExpo 2016
September 26-28, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
The largest mining show on (and under!) earth returns to Las Vegas in 2016. MINExpo 2016 is all about the solutions that make it possible for the mining industry to meet the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities in a rapidly changing world in need of metals, minerals and energy.

Popular Mining Trade shows in Saskatoon

Mining Supply Chain Forum
April 12–13, 2016
This forum will provide information on how manufacturers, construction, equipment and service providers can access mining supply opportunities. In addition, there will be a third session on operations topics such as reliability, operations excellence, and maintenance.  In order to allow all registrants the opportunity to participate in the Forum sessions, the tradeshow area is closed while the Forum is in session. 

Fortis is proud to announce that it will be a Platinum level Sponsor for the Mining Supply Chain Forum! 

Fortis Mining Engineering and Manufacturing is a mining contractor based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Fortis Completes Time Sensitive Project for Mosaic Mine

In August 2015,  Fortis was commissioned to remove and replace the structural tower steel. The project was time critical as this shaft is the service shaft which transports personnel and materials underground. Fortis successfully completed this project on time so Mosaic could return to their regularly scheduled cage times.