Patents Examined by Alvin C. Chin-Shue
  • Patent number: 10722738
    Abstract: An improved safety system in accordance with the disclosed and claimed concept connects directly with the rail and advantageously provides both a fall resistance apparatus as well as a fall protection apparatus. The fall resistance apparatus provides a support that is movably situated on the rail and that can be manually grasped by the worker during the maintenance operation and which provides physical support in all directions to the worker. The fall resistance apparatus thus resists the likelihood that a fall will occur. In the unlikely event of a fall, the fall protection apparatus connects the worker directly to the rail and supports the worker from the rail at a location spaced above the floor, thus protecting the worker from injury in the event of a fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Heinen
  • Patent number: 10723458
    Abstract: An expandable cargo storage for a transportation means, comprising a first storage wall and a second storage wall opposite of the first storage wall, and a plurality of foldable walls arranged between the first and the second storage wall, each of the plurality of foldable walls being foldable between a first position in which the respective foldable wall is arranged essentially in parallel with the second storage wall, and a second position in which the foldable wall is arranged essentially perpendicularly to the second storage wall, wherein, when each of the foldable walls is arranged in its first position, the cargo storage is in a first operational state enclosing a first volume, and when each of the foldable walls is in its second position, the cargo storage is in a second operational state enclosing a second volume which is larger than the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Claus-Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 10724256
    Abstract: A cage for surrounding a section of a work area of the top of rolling stock includes an inboard side, an outboard side, a front end section and a back end section. The inboard side of the cage is attached to an associated deployment apparatus. Each of the two sides can define a pair of fence notches to slide over the rails surrounding the work area. Each of the two end sections can define an inboard notch and a center notch. Some embodiments of the end sections can define an outboard notch that includes a self-adjusting straddle. The cage can be provided as part of a portable fall protection device that includes a telescoping positioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Eric Anderson, Ronald W. Bennett, James Quinn Sawinski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10723607
    Abstract: An electric personnel lift device that includes a base assembly having two columns that are laterally spaced apart. Each of the two columns has a lift cylinder device mounted in the respective column and extending upward. The electric personnel lift device further includes a height adjustable platform assembly having an operator platform and two laterally spaced apart handrail assemblies connected to the operator platform. The height adjustable platform assembly is connected to an upper end of a movable portion of each lift cylinder device and is slidably coupled to the columns, wherein the height adjustable platform assembly is movable between at least a lowered position and a raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BIG LIFT, LLC
    Inventors: Wu Wenjing, Weng Lijian, Wang Zheng, William John Pedriana
  • Patent number: 10710857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aerial lift (1), which includes: a lower portion (2, 3) provided with members (7) for connecting to the ground (S); a lifting structure (4); a platform (5) supported by the lifting structure (4); and a lighting system (20) including at least one lighting device (21, 22, 23) arranged on the lower portion (2, 3) or on the platform (5), other than a driving light. The aerial lift (1) is characterised in that the lighting device (21, 22, 23) selectively generates coloured light beams, the colour of which are selected among at least two distinct colours, respectively corresponding to an “emergency stop” situation (C2) of the aerial lift (1) and an “accident at height” situation (C4) of the aerial lift (1). The invention also relates to a method for implementing such an aerial lift (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HAULOTTE GROUP
    Inventors: Philippe Luminet, Sebastian Dittus
  • Patent number: 10702723
    Abstract: A harness configured for being removably attachable to a body of a user has an optional pair of leg straps, an optional belt strap, and a shoulder strap. The shoulder strap has a front portion attached to a front end of each leg strap and a rear portion attached to a rear end of each leg strap. At least a portion of the shoulder strap has an energy absorbing element formed integrally therein having a tearable webbing material with at least two bound, load-bearing webbing components configured to tear from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Quigley, Matthew Frederick Jacob, Benjamin T. Sepe
  • Patent number: 10702724
    Abstract: A safety fence support and anchoring system is used in a building that includes an elevated deck supported above an underlying deck. The system includes a base plate secured to the upper surface of the elevated deck and a stanchion receptacle attached to an extending upwardly from the base plate for receiving and holding a stanchion of the safety fence such that the stanchion extends upwardly from the elevated deck. A deck penetrating anchor component is connected to and suspended below the base plate and configured for being received by and constrained within an opening formed through the elevated deck, which opening extends fully through the elevated deck from the upper surface to the lower surface thereof. The deck penetrating anchor component is exposed and made accessible through the lower surface of the elevated deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Frank Subzda
  • Patent number: 10704276
    Abstract: The invention includes an access structure integration assembly and an integrated system using the assembly. An access structure integrated assembly includes at least one channeled structure and at least one joist socket slidingly engaged with the channeled structure. The channeled structure is configured to secure to a base structure, such as a suspended work platform system, and the joist socket is configured to secure to a second structure, such as a supported work platform system. An integrated system includes a base structure, a second structure and at least two integration assemblies, each assembly including a channeled structure secured to the base structure and a joist socket secured to the second structure and slidingly engaged with the channeled structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Mathieu Grumberg, Roy Scrafford, Frederick W. Meade
  • Patent number: 10704324
    Abstract: In one aspect, a mounting assembly for mounting an architectural covering to a support structure may include a bracket configured to be coupled to the support structure and a bracket adapter configured to be coupled to the bracket. In addition, the mounting assembly may include an end mount configured to be coupled to both an adjacent end of the covering and the bracket adapter. In accordance with aspects of the present subject matter, the various components of the mounting assembly may be configured or adapted to provide one or more advantages over known mounting assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Goldberg, Robert E. Fisher, II, James M. Anthony, Kevin M. Dann, Joseph E. Kovach
  • Patent number: 10697239
    Abstract: A stepladder having a front side, a rear side and a top. The stepladder can include a conduit holder attached to the front side for holding conduit. The stepladder can include a first wire spool holder attached to the front side and a second wire spool holder attached to the rear side though which a conduit having a wire spool extends. The stepladder can include a hacksaw hook attached to the front side. A method for cutting a conduit. A method for using a hacksaw. A method for obtaining wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventors: Kyle G. Astor, James J. Grebinoski, Craig Werner, Kevin J. Moran
  • Patent number: 10697238
    Abstract: A telescopic device achieves both simultaneous unlocking of paired locking units and easy unlocking of one locking unit, and includes: outer casings; insertion bodies; vertically-arranged rung members; a locking mechanism; and an operating mechanism having an operating member. The locking mechanism comprises retention portion of the insertion body and locking member supported on the outer casing for engagement with and disengagement from the retention portion by separating-approaching motion. The locking member is interlocked to operating member extending from the locking mechanism toward the upper rung member. The operating mechanism has an operating rod for coupling the paired operating members for concurrent movements in unlocking direction. Each end of the operating rod and one operating member are fitted together so that, when manipulating one end of the operating rod in unlocking direction, the operating rod is inclined for movement of one operating member in unlocking direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PICA CORP.
    Inventor: Osamu Era
  • Patent number: 10689906
    Abstract: Systems are provided for storing and retrieving objects such as ladders. The systems can include a carriage having a table that rotates, and a trolley mounted on the carriage for holding the object and moving the object linearly in relation to the carriage, so that the object can be stowed in locations such as on the roof of a fire engine or other emergency vehicle, or the roof of a stationary structure. The systems include features for locking the table and the trolley to increase the safety and efficiency of the loading and unloading processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Michael P. Ziaylek
  • Patent number: 10669777
    Abstract: A materials handling system (10) comprising a first (60) and second ladder (70) section connectable together to form a longer ladder, a tensioning system (100) attached to each section for tensioning the connected ladder sections, and a trolley (110) arranged to travel along the connected ladder sections, wherein the system includes a cable (158) and pulley for moving the trolley along the connected ladder sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Bright Structures Ltd.
    Inventor: Stephen Bright
  • Patent number: 10669142
    Abstract: The present invention includes a partially or completely transparent elevating platform or a partially or completely translucent elevating platform. At least one panel, knee space, and/or door is composed of clear or transparent or translucent materials. These aspects of the present invention provide for advantages in visibility and safety for the operator of the elevating platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ryan J. McKinney, Brad Harju
  • Patent number: 10669776
    Abstract: A rung lock frame has an upper rung portion, a lower rung portion integrally formed with the upper rung portion, and a bar member formed between the upper rung portion and the lower rung portion. The bar member defines an opening with the lower rung portion for the receipt of a rung of a ladder therein. The upper rung portion, the lower rung portion and the bar member are integrally formed of a glass-reinforced nylon material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Louisville Ladder Inc.
    Inventor: Abelardo Carrera
  • Patent number: 10667509
    Abstract: A portable game feeder hoist and hunting stand is provided with an upstanding support member connected to a horizontal support arm that is attachable to a tree with a chain. The game feeder hoist has a winch that is removably attached to the horizontal support arm, from which a hoist line extends. The winch preferably includes a worm gear meshed with a worm screw operatively coupled to a worm screw shaft configured to removeably connect to a receiving socket, which is adapted to securely receive a keyed end of an elongated drive shaft, in a lock and key style arrangement. A tree sizing strap and hook apparatus is provided with graphic identification markers to aid hunters in accessing the size of tree trunks from which they intend to mount a game feeder hoist and hunting stand. The strap includes a hook from which to temporarily hang the portable game feeder hoist against the tree trunk while attaching the hoist to the tree with a chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth Howell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10660326
    Abstract: A firearm steady rest includes a tree stand unit and a universal steady rest unit. The tree stand unit has a tubular stand mount and U-bolts to secure the tree stand unit to a tree stand. A bottom slide is slidably received within the tubular stand mount while a tubular rest mount is pivotally connected to the bottom slide. A stand clamp secures the bottom slide within the tubular stand mount while a rest clamp secures the universal steady rest unit within the tubular rest mount. The universal steady rest unit includes a steady mount having a circular post region proportioned to rotate within the tubular rest mount. A steady rest is pivotally coupled to the steady mount via a pivot plate. A tubular extension member may also be included. The firearm steady rest may fold into a bundle measuring less than 4 inches by 4 inches by 28 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Steven D. LeBire
  • Patent number: 10662654
    Abstract: A folding staircase for use in a door opening having a threshold. The folding staircase has a pair of stringers that have an upper end and a lower end that is adapted for contacting a ground surface. The stringers are spanned by at least one tread. A hinge is connected to a floor near the door opening and a threshold plate pivotally connected thereto is movable between a use position and a stowed position. The staircase may be provided with a lifting mechanism that biases the staircase and threshold plate toward their stowed positions. The lifting device provides a variable force that provides more rotational force when the staircase would require a user to bear more of its weight and less force when less of the weight of the staircase would be borne by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: MORryde International, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Tompkins, Anthony J. Granzotto
  • Patent number: 10655345
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a height accessible working platform. The disclosed working platform generally comprises a frame attachable to a lifting system for being moveable along the vertical axis and suspended thereto; a cradle; a first arm structure having a proximal end terminated to the frame and an distal end attached to the cradle, the first arm structure being extendable and retractable to displace the cradle respectively away from and closer towards one of lateral sides of the frame along a first axis substantially perpendicular to the vertical axis; and a counterweight mechanism mounting at one lateral side of the frame opposing to the cradle, the counterweight mechanism being configured to balance the working platform corresponding to displacement of the cradle along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Tiong Bin Seow
  • Patent number: 10648236
    Abstract: A ladder safety mechanism comprises at least one damp, preferably a pair of spaced apart damps, attachable part way along a ladder, to secure the ladder to part of a structure. In some embodiments, the mechanism includes at least one manually operated actuator, such as a rope or cable, coupled to the at least one clamp to enable a user located at the bottom of the ladder to open the at least one clamp to receive the part of a structure. In some embodiments, the at least one clamp is automatically secured to the part of the structure by placing the clamp onto the structure. The at least one manually operated actuator also enables a user located at the bottom of the ladder to open the at least one damp to release the part of the structure. The at least one clamp is oriented substantially perpendicularly to a part of the structure to which the ladder is to be attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: OD TECH PTY LTD
    Inventors: Peter O'Donnell, Ian Johnson, George Rezk