Patents Examined by Kristine Florio
  • Patent number: 8622174
    Abstract: An escape device for high-rise buildings includes an escape capsule, a speedup gear mounted to the escape capsule, a track provided with a rack with which the speedup gear is engaged so that the escape capsule can move along the track, and a damper including a rotor. The speedup gear in operation drives the rotor into rotation and the damper is capable of converting a portion of kinetic energy of the escape capsule to the electric energy. The escape device can be braked at any position at a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Xiaolin Bai
  • Patent number: 8602160
    Abstract: A safety anchor is removably attachable to a roof of a building. The safety anchor includes a portion receivable in a drain line of the roof. The safety anchor also includes a stem received in openings of the portion and an elastic member attached to the stem. The elastic member has an adjustable diameter, and the diameter of the elastic member is increased to contact walls of the drain line to secure the safety anchor to the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: RBI Acquisition Company
    Inventor: Stephen P. Koneval
  • Patent number: 8596414
    Abstract: An improved roof scaffolding system for a steeply pitched roof includes a pair of rails supported on casters and connected by planks supported on plank support brackets mounted along the rails. Each rail includes a ridge hook which reaches over the roof ridge and rests on a caster touching the opposite side of the roof. When the scaffolding system is to be moved laterally along the roof on which work is to be done, the rails may roll on the casters to the desired location. When the scaffolding system is in place for work to be done, stand assemblies can lower stands which raise the rails off the casters supporting them. Optionally a gable anchor is used to provide a connection point for a rope cable which may be pulled to move the scaffolding system toward the gable end on which the anchor is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas R. Lown
  • Patent number: 8584802
    Abstract: There is provided a mobile height-adjustable platform that includes a chassis with ground engaging wheels. A mast is pivotally connected to the chassis and is movable between a transport position where the mast is parallel to and disposed over the chassis, and an operative position where the mast is perpendicular to the chassis and extends upwards. A conveyor moves along the mast and a work platform is pivotally connected to the conveyer. The work platform is movable between a transport position where the platform is parallel to the mast and an operating position where the platform is perpendicular to the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Rigless Rentals Inc
    Inventors: Joseph Earl, Thomas Samuel
  • Patent number: 8579081
    Abstract: A remote controlled overhead ladder system including a ladder structure having at least a first section and a second section. The ladder structure can be mounted to a support structure located above an opening of the overhead surface, and can include a remote controlled lifting cable connected to the first and second sections such that upon receipt of a remote control signal, the lifting cable pivots the second section toward a front surface of the first section until the second section is oriented adjacent to the front surface of the first section, at which time the lifting cable pivots the first section and the adjacent second section as a group toward the overhead surface until the ladder sections are contained above the overhead surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Precision Ladders, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Richey, Roy G. Parton
  • Patent number: 8573359
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a casualty recovery device that allows for a hands free recovery or extraction, either in a combat theatre or any other emergency rescue operation where hands free operation is of significant benefit and time is of the essence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick C. West
  • Patent number: 8567560
    Abstract: A portable work platform comprises a pair of length adjustable platforms, a lock assembly, and a plurality of storage compartments. The platforms comprise a flat surface constructed of a lightweight, durable material. The lock assembly comprises a lock mechanism to secure the platforms in a desired length. The lock mechanism allows a user to selectively extend the length of the platforms and securely lock them in place. The plurality of storage compartments comprises a plurality of recessed openings which are capable of housing small tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Joe F. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8556033
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a swimming pool ladder with a barrier. The ladder includes two ladder sections. A top platform for supporting is connected between the upper portions of the two ladder sections and disposed above the swimming pool. The two ladder sections are respectively positioned inside and outside the swimming pool. The ladder section includes two parallel-disposed rails and a plurality of steps. The plurality of steps are mounted at intervals along the two rails from top to bottom. A barrier is provided that is perpendicular to the inner side face of the first ladder section. The barrier has a triangle shape, one edge of which is adjacent the inner side face of the first ladder section and fixed on at least two steps through at least two connectors and another edge is adjacent the inner sidewall of the swimming pool. The top end of the barrier is spaced from the top platform by a distance and the bottom end is adjacent the floor of the swimming pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Intex Recreation Group
    Inventor: Hua Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 8544605
    Abstract: A scaffolding (20) comprises vertical frame elements (22), crossbeams that extend therebetween, flooring units (27) which have mounting aids (28) to be mounted on the crossbeam (21), and at least one anti-release device (40) for securing the flooring units (27) against being released. The anti-release device (40) can be removably connected to the crossbeam (21) and has a securing member (41) which corresponds to the length of the crossbeam, is to be placed on the mounting aid (28), and is fitted with at least one hook-shaped fastening element (42) that penetrates a hole (33) located in the crossbeam and partially embraces the crossbeam (21) in the anti-release state. One end of the securing member (41) is provided with a pivotable plate which is fastened by means of a hinge and is pivoted from the open position into the locking position and retained by means of a spring mechanism (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Wilhelm Layher Verwaltungs-GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Kreller
  • Patent number: 8544603
    Abstract: A fall restriction apparatus for climbers of wooden poles having a connecting component with at least a first bight portion adapted for connection to and retention within a center opening of a three slot-opening D-ring. The connecting component is sized so that when inserted within the central opening, it is restrained from rotating. The connecting component may have outwardly directed protrusions on at least its spine region. The affixed D-ring shape typically lies in a major plane orthogonal to a plane in which the remainder of the connecting component lies. Alternately, connecting component may be attached to other openings of the three-opening D-ring. The fall restriction apparatus also contains a buckle assembly which may have one or more cleats disposed on a rear surface to facilitate gripping a wooden pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Buckingham Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Rullo, James Pennefeather, DeForest C. Canfield
  • Patent number: 8540053
    Abstract: A method of providing a traversable path along a surface, the method including the steps of placing a portable pathway onto the surface, the portable pathway having a frame member comprising at least a first layer, and at least one adjustable step coupled with the frame member. The method further includes securing the portable pathway in situ, and adjusting the step to a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Martin D. Stanaland
  • Patent number: 8534422
    Abstract: A portable modular lift system that may be easily transported to a lifting location and compactly stored when not in use. The portable modular lift system generally includes a support base having a plurality of base wheels, a plurality of mast sections connectable to one another to form a vertical mast, a support platform movably positioned upon the vertical mast, and a drive unit connected to the support platform to elevate and lower the support platform upon the mast sections. The mast sections include a plurality of receiver apertures within a first end and a plurality of locking pins extending from a second end that are catchably received within the corresponding receiver apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Reechcraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Solhjem, Shane L. Nickel
  • Patent number: 8528695
    Abstract: A ladder apparatus and system relating to detachably securing a ladder to linear, or non-linear, structures such as, for example, a tree, a telephone pole, a building pillar, etc., thereby assisting preventing the ladder from lateral movement. The system provides for width, depth and angle adjustment to assist clasping to different structural support geometries being attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Franklin M. Orpia
  • Patent number: 8522921
    Abstract: A method of providing a traversable path along a surface that includes the steps of placing a portable pathway onto the surface, securing the portable pathway in situ, and adjusting the step to a desired position. The method includes the portable pathway having at least one adjustable step connected thereto. A portable pathway apparatus for providing a traversable path over a surface that includes a pliable frame member comprising one or more layers of reinforced rubber, at least one step adjustably connected to the pliable frame member, whereby at least one step includes an adjustment mechanism associated with a horizontal member. The apparatus has at least one securing element coupled with the pliable frame member, the securing element configured to secure the portable pathway to the surface. The surface includes a contour with at least a first angled surface and a second angled surface, and the pliable frame member forms to the contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Martin D. Stanaland
  • Patent number: 8511431
    Abstract: A retrofit handrail extension system or kit enables a large mining truck to be retrofitted in the field. The handrail extension system includes a first handrail extension member for connecting a first upper portion of a first ladder to a railing mounted to a catwalk around the cabin of the truck and a second handrail extension member for connecting a second upper portion of the first ladder to a forward-facing handrail mounted to an outer surface of the cabin of the truck. The system may include a third handrail extension member for connecting a first upper portion of a second ladder to a first platform railing mounted to a platform beside the cabin of the truck and a fourth handrail extension member for connecting a second upper portion of the second ladder to a second platform railing mounted to the platform beside the cabin of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: North American Fleet Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Woolley, Harold Gudmundsen
  • Patent number: 8505689
    Abstract: An outdoor support strap for holding a user in a squatted position above the ground surface while defecating preferably includes a flexible and elongated body suitably sized and shaped to be positioned around a user's waist while being anchored to a support surface such as a tree. The body is preferably formed from an elastic material such that it remains deformably resilient for providing a resistive force against the user's waist. In this manner, the user is able to lean away from the support surface and assume a squatted a position to thereby extend his or her legs forwardly of his or her buttocks. Such a support strap alleviates the strain and energy required to maintain a squatted position for an extended period of time. By using the support strap, the user's hands remain free to hold objects or cleanse the buttocks area with toilet paper for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Henry Plouffe
  • Patent number: 8499889
    Abstract: An adjustable work platform comprises a fixed platform carrying a multiplicity of adjustable members designed to slide out of the fixed platform to variable lengths as needed. A large irregularly shaped object, such as an aircraft, may be driven into the interior of the platform with the adjustable members retracted. Once in place, the adjustable members are extended to form a heavy duty work platform conforming to the irregular shape of the exterior of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Aluminum Ladder Company
    Inventors: Adam Lewis DuBose, Ronald W. Bennett, Rodrick Lafaye Williamson
  • Patent number: 8453795
    Abstract: A stepping device is provided and includes a first step member having a first riser and a first tread; a second step member having a second riser and a second tread; and a third step member having first, second, and third panels oriented orthogonal to one another. The first step member is fixedly attached to the second step member. The third step member is rotatably attached to the second step member and is rotatable relative to the second step member to configure the stepping device between a two-step configuration and a three-step configuration. In the two-step configuration, The first panel is generally planar with the second tread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Merry Products Corporation
    Inventors: Melody Lee, Kevin Xin
  • Patent number: 8448746
    Abstract: A roofer's cushion comprising a tapered block of compliant material, such as closed-cell expanded polystyrene, polyurethane of polyethylene. The block is tapered to compensate to at least some degree to the slope of a roof. A pair of shallow elongate and parallel depressions are formed in the top surface of the block and to accommodate a roofer's knees and lower legs comfortably therein. Additional receptacles of various sizes and locations are provided for tools and materials. A hold-down strap between the depressions uses hook and loop fastener technology to permit a board to be secured to and between two such roofer's cushions to form a ridge structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Wendell Davis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8443938
    Abstract: An elevated hunting stand with a platform assembly and a collapsible ladder. The collapsible ladder includes a plurality of telescopically separating sections. The ladder sections are secured together by locking pins. The ladder rails and rungs are pivotally attached and operated as a parallelogram linkage system, so the ladder sections can be reduced in size to a compressed configuration by rotating the rungs relative to the rails. A plurality of stabilizing members are provided to hold the ladder sections in an expanded position. The platform assembly can serve as one of the stabilizing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Ardisam, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Furseth, Randy L. Schamberger, Scott R. Nickell