Torso Harness Patents (Class 182/3)
  • Patent number: 9775425
    Abstract: Disclosed is a backpack having a plurality of stabilizing handles. The handles are of fixed dimension and are distributed around the outside of a main compartment of the backpack to provide a number of places for a caregiver to grip when assisting a wearer of the backpack walk. A rear side of the main compartment may have a four handles, a front side of the backpack may have 6 handles, and side panels of the backpack may have 4 handles. A lead may optionally be attached to the D-ring on the rear side of the backpack. Providing numerous grip handles around the backpack enhances the ability of the caregiver to provide spotting support, without stigmatizing the user from the use of a harness or other such assistive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Schools Insurance Program for Employees
    Inventor: Mike Bruffey
  • Patent number: 9737736
    Abstract: A fall arrest harness having a primary arrest attachment attached to a dorsal portion of a harness by a dorsal release strap, a releasable friction device positioned at a hip location of the harness and a repositioning tether releasably connected to the primary fall arrest attachment. The harness provides manual and controllable transfer of a suspension point from a dorsal location by letting out the dorsal release strap through the releasable friction device until tension from a user's weight is transferred from the dorsal release strap to the repositioning tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CMC Rescue, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Boothby, Joseph Flachman
  • Patent number: 9738252
    Abstract: A driver seat for an operator includes: a fastener configured to fasten a pair of hip belts; a pair of shoulder belts each having a distal end attached to each of the pair of hip belts, the pair of shoulder belts being configured to hold a shoulder area of the operator; and a fastened-state detector configured to detect whether or not the fastener is fastened. The fastened-state detector includes: a detector main body configured to detect whether or not the fastener is fastened through electrical continuity; a signal line connected to the detector main body; and a bag-shaped section integrated with one of the pair of shoulder belts in a drawing direction of the shoulder belt, the bag-shaped section housing the signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuma Shoda, Shunsuke Nishida, Hirofumi Wada
  • Patent number: 9732531
    Abstract: Systems and methods relate to a operator selectable, variable-height attachment point system for a safety harness, where the attachment point is disposed on a radial support member that can be reversibly coupled to a vertical support member, and where the attachment point height can be selected by the operator by reversing a coupled orientation of the radial support member to the vertical support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Justin S. Patton, Preston L. Anderson, Brian Montgomery, Alex Tsen, William Zachar
  • Patent number: 9675824
    Abstract: A fall rescue apparatus (10) for mounting on the roof of a building includes a spike (28) mounted to an extendable support arm (27) and shaped to penetrate the roof in response to the pull of a tether (35) connected to a falling worker. An elbow linkage (39) unfolds as the spike is extended into the roof for guiding and supporting the spike against the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Charles J. MacKarvich
  • Patent number: 9649517
    Abstract: Fall arrester (1) for a cable holding device (2) which can be installed without a roof penetration, which cable holding device has at least one post (2a), wherein the fall arrester (1) has multiple layers at least in one section of the fall arrester and a post stabilizer (4) and/or a post anchorage (5) is integrated into the multi-layer section (3), wherein the post stabilizer (4) and/or the post anchorage (5) has multiple layers at least in one section thereof, and wherein the multi-layer section (3) of the fall arrester (1) has at least one layer (3a) made of composite material reinforced with glass fibers and/or with carbon fibers (FRP layer), and said FRP layer (3a) also forms a layer of the multi-layer post stabilizer (4) and/or of the multi-layer post anchorage (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Péter Csizmadia
  • Patent number: 9630033
    Abstract: A method of handling fall protection systems (2) in association with towers, pylons and masts includes climbing a tower (5), securing a guide channel (10) to a top portion (6) of the tower, extending a fall protection guide line (20) through the guide channel, connecting a first end (3) of a fall protection system (2) to a first end (21) of the guide line (20), extending the fall protection system (2) through the secured guide channel (10) by pulling a second end (22) of the guide line, securing the first end (3) of the fall protection system to a ground (G) level fixing point (8) and securing a second end (4) of the fall protection system to personal protection equipment worn by a worker. An assembly (1) for handling fall protection systems in association with towers, pylons and masts is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: ANCSAFE AB
    Inventor: Kaj Jansson
  • Patent number: 9611665
    Abstract: An anchor for a safety line for use in roofing construction and maintenance activities. The anchor includes a hooked body having a shank and a point. A safety line is coupleable between a free end of the shank and a user. An anchor plate is rotatably and pivotably coupled to the point via a joint disposed therebetween. The anchor is disposable over a peak of a roof with the anchor plate on a first side of the roof and the body extending over the peak toward a second side. A user tethered to the anchor may work on the second side of the roof; pivotal and rotational movement of the body relative to the anchor plate enabled by the joint aids to maintain the body generally in line with the safety line while the anchor plate remains frictionally engaged with the first side of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: J. Stephen West
  • Patent number: 9611664
    Abstract: An I-beam anchor for removably securing a fall protection member to an I-beam is disclosed. The I-beam anchor comprises a cross-beam, an anchor ring, and first and second brackets. The first bracket is positioned between a first end and center portion of the cross-beam and the second bracket positioned between a second end and center portion of the cross-beam. Each of the brackets comprises an inwardly directed flange spaced above the body of the brackets. At least the first bracket is a movable bracket and is movable along the cross-beam relative to the second bracket. The moveable bracket comprises a protected “quick release” mechanism that allows for the rapid engagement and disengagement of the anchor to the I-beam, in which the quick release mechanism is configured to minimize the chance of accidental or unintentional release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Reliance Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Dimitrios Tsaousis
  • Patent number: 9585425
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable airbag system for people, comprising a support intended to be worn by a user, and an airbag device comprising at least one inflatable bag having at least one central part (2a) designed to be disposed behind the head of a user after triggering. The airbag device is assembled in a cover or bag part forming a unit configured to be disposed entirely on the back of a user before deploying, the airbag device being fixed by means of a fixing device such as to be removable and separable from the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Mammut Sports Group AG
    Inventors: Yan Berchten, Pierre-Yves Guernier
  • Patent number: 9561391
    Abstract: A vacuum anchor for securing a fall protection system to a surface has a gas inlet to receive pressurized gas from a gas container and generates a vacuum to secure the anchor to a surface. An attachment enables a fall protection system to be connected to the anchor, the attachment being rotatably mounted to the anchor. A container mounting device is provided for mounting the gas container to the anchor in connection with the gas inlet, the container mounting means being rotatable with the rotatable. Alternatively or additionally, the gas inlet is coaxial with the axis of rotation of the attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Latchways plc
    Inventors: Owain Jones, Karl Jones
  • Patent number: 9561149
    Abstract: A differential pressure body suit with external support against body suit migration. In its preferred embodiment, such body suit may comprise a close-fitting, multi-layered suit sealed against a mammal's skin to contain the differential pressure, or a looser-fitting suit that bends at the mammal's joints with minimal force. External support structure includes either fixed or movable mechanical supports attached to the body suit, extraordinary air pressure levels for making the body suit rigid, or exoskeletons attached to the body suit, or a counter-force adjustment cable suspension system. A cyclic control system can turn the differential pressure condition within the body suit on and off on a selective basis to accommodate the movement of the legs of the mammal. This differential pressure body suit provides a portable and convenient system for, e.g., rehabilitating a skeletal joint injury or training the mammal for injury prevention or athletic performance or fat burning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lite Run, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas E. Johnson, John A. Hauck, Odd Osland, Mark T. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9560898
    Abstract: A buckle part (2) of a belt buckle (1), wherein the buckle part (2) comprises at least one connecting part (4) for releasably connecting the buckle part (2) to another buckle part (3) of the belt buckle (1) and at least one bar (5) for fastening a belt (26) on the bar (5) of the buckle part (2), wherein the buckle part (2) also comprises at least one clevis type eyelet (6) for hooking a karabiner into the clevis type eyelet (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ABA HORTNAGL GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Hortnagl
  • Patent number: 9498008
    Abstract: Garments having an evacuation harness that are intended for connection to each other, with each garment having an outer wear unit including at least a torso portion and an evacuation harness that includes a torso strap system connected to the outer wear unit, a drag strap coupling connected to the torso strap system and extending rearward relative to the outer wear unit, and a drag strap connected at a first end to the torso strap system at a position above the drag strap coupling and the drag strap being selectively extendible rearward relative to the outer wear unit. Also disclosed are methods of connecting a rescuer wearing a garment having an evacuation harness to an individual wearing a similarly configured garment having an evacuation harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hyprum LLC
    Inventors: Robert K. Murphy, Tom J. Africa, Patrick R. Walker
  • Patent number: 9486058
    Abstract: A wearable upper-body garment has a plurality of first webbings secured to the garment front panel in a substantially parallel relation, each of the plurality of first webbings defining at least one passageway between the webbing and the front panel with the passageways extending perpendicular to the webbing. The first webbings extend upwardly and outwardly from a sternal region on the front panel that divides the garment front panel into a right half and a left half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ty-Flot, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell A. Moreau, Andre W. Moreau
  • Patent number: 9480865
    Abstract: A fall arrest system adapted for use in construction projects with wall studs of various spacing. The fall arrest system comprises a wall attachment bracket and a retractable harness line system, which provides extension, retraction, and storage of a harness line. The harness line is connected to a user-worn harness to protect the user from falling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Dennis Naylor, Rick Angus
  • Patent number: 9463902
    Abstract: An aquatic receptacle with a sectioned floating rim that, while floating, maintains an opening for receiving articles into the receptacle. Embodiments can include an escape barrier over the mouth of the receptacle to prevent loss of contents while floating. One embodiment has a lanyard that can attach the receptacle to a diver, allowing it to float and be pulled along by the diver. A lanyard can have a breakaway mechanism that can detach the receptacle from a diver or other structure if sufficient force is applied to the lanyard. There can also be a shock-arrest mechanism that reduces the amount of force exerted on a diver or structure before the lanyard breaks. Force exerted on the lanyard pulls the floatable rim at least partially beneath the water surface causing the sections of the floatable rim come together and close over the mouth of the container to prevent loss of articles within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventors: Eric Daniels, Gwendolyn L. Daniels, Ian E. Daniels
  • Patent number: 9458640
    Abstract: Methods of force management for a force management anchor (FMA) include apparatus between a post and a base plate that resist post rotation under fall loads, the apparatus resisting said rotation at a constant torque. A peak constant torque is less than a torsional “tear-out” capacity of a surface for maximizing energy absorption. While the fall force vector remains generally parallel to the base plate during a fall, the post is movable between an upstanding and a lowered orientation resulting in a variable moment arm and a resisting force that also varies for maintaining the torque substantially constant. Apparatus can include devices between the post and the base plate such as a torsion rod, a friction clutch or a cam arrangement. Other approached include designed deformation of the post itself, such as a through tapered post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: High Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Greg Small
  • Patent number: 9455487
    Abstract: An exemplary system for securing objects to a substrate with a non-penetrating securing device. The non-penetrating securing device is a non-destructive device that allows objects of a variety of sizes (large and small) to be securely mounted to or on fragile substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Infinite Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Bolze, Alejandro Gonzalez, Esteban Gonzalez, Eileen Bolze
  • Patent number: 9427858
    Abstract: Provided herein is a multipurpose tool configured to provide multiple tools and functions for a user according to a specific activity or sport. Embodiments may provide a tool including a frame configured to define a plurality of tools disposed about a perimeter, where the frame defines at least one recess disposed about the perimeter, where at least one recess is configured to hold an earbud headphone. The frame of the tool may define a cavity at least partially surrounded by the perimeter, where the cavity may be configured to removably engage a separable and independently operable device. The cavity may be configured to removably receive a multipurpose tool. The tool may further include a gate biased into engagement with the frame, where the cavity is fully encircled by the frame and the gate, and access to the cavity through the frame is provided by opening the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Duncan, Blair Scott Barnes
  • Patent number: 9414691
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a system for holding a pillow in place. The system may include a pair of stabilizers. Each stabilizer may be a cord having a first end, a central portion, and a second end, wherein the first end of the cord includes a rigid hook extending partially along the length of the cord and the second end of the cord engages with the central portion via a fastener, creating a loop. Each end of the cord may have a tip attached thereto. The loop may be configured to accommodate a pillow, and the rigid hook may be configured to engage with a seat, resulting in the system providing a mechanism for suspending a pillow from a seat while simultaneously stabilizing the pillow at a desired location, such as around a user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Venke Cecilie Blyberg
  • Patent number: 9364764
    Abstract: A portable toddler swing is provided. The swing includes a compliant shell, an upper adjustable strap, a fastener coupled to the upper adjustable strap, a lower adjustable strap, a pair of support straps and a pair of safety fasteners. The shell defines an inner cavity, including an upper portion defining a top opening, a circumferential passage and a strap opening connected to the circumferential passage, a bottom portion, a front portion defining a pair of leg openings, a back portion, and a pair of side portions. The upper adjustable strap is disposed within the circumferential passage, and adjusts the size of the top opening of the shell. The lower adjustable strap is connected to the bottom portion of the shell, and secures the shell to a playground swing seat. The pair of safety fasteners are coupled to upper portions of the support straps, and secure the support straps to the playground swing chains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYBEE CHILD LLC
    Inventors: Jill P. Koziol, Katherine C. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9308402
    Abstract: The invention relates to a roping harness including a belt, a pair of leg loops, front and rear shoulder straps including at least one fall-arresting safety hooking point on the back, the rear shoulder straps being capable of sliding freely in the belt, while being attached by their lower ends to the leg loops. The back part of the belt is connected to the front shoulder straps by connecting means while being disconnected from the back hooking point. This results in holding the belt in place while preventing it from slipping when it must bear a certain weight of equipment, and a transfer of the load to the straps of the leg loops to the back hooking point during a fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ZEDEL
    Inventor: Nicolas Chevalier
  • Patent number: 9284754
    Abstract: A restraint device and method for securing an individual in a vehicle is presented. The device increases the safety and security of the individual who is in custody. Further, the device increases the safety for the arresting or attending officer. The device is portable and can be used in a variety of vehicles and properly adapted modes of transportation. As presented the device comprises three belts which coordinate and are sized to secure the individual in a seated position. Once secured with the device, the seated individual who has his hands cuffed behind his back is unable to maneuver his hands to the front of his body. Further, the individual's movements are restricted so that the individual is maintained in a fixed, upright seated position. The connections presented in the device allow for flexibility and ease of use by the user while preventing tampering by the individual being restrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: John R. Stevens, Mark A. Rusco
  • Patent number: 9205285
    Abstract: A descender device, typically for use in a fall arrest system, for enables a suspended body to be lowered, and includes a descent line and a release element to be actuated by a person. The release element is arranged in a restraint configuration to inhibit the descent line from being deployed and in a release configuration to permit the descent line to be deployed. A restraint arrangement is arranged prior to deployment of the descent line, to clamp or pinch a length of flexible line thereby to inhibit deployment of the descent line, the restraint arrangement being reconfigurable upon release of the release element to permit the descent line to be deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Latchways PLC
    Inventors: Owain Jones, Karl Jones
  • Patent number: 9144711
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a via ferrata safety system that improves user safety by increasing the reliable activation of the energy absorption system. The via ferrata system includes a harness coupling member, two fixed cable coupling members, and an energy absorption system. The energy absorption system is coupled to both the harness coupling member and the two fixed cable coupling members. The two fixed cable coupling members are independently coupled to the energy absorption system and to one another. The coupling between the two fixed cable coupling members is proportionally weaker than the independent coupling between the two fixed cable coupling members and the energy absorption system. This proportional weakness of the coupling between the fixed cable coupling members allows each of the fixed cable coupling members to act independently in the event that one of the cable coupling members is coupled to a point between the user and the energy absorption system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ben Walker, Brendan Perkins, Bill Belcourt
  • Patent number: 9108706
    Abstract: An retractable tether device is used to alert the driver of a fallen athlete and to return the athlete, primarily a wake surfer, back to position behind the watercraft. The tether consists of a coil spring with a storage reel for the line and an audible alert notification. When a wake surfer falls off the surfboard, the tether will pull out from the device. Simultaneously, the boat stops and the coil spring will retract the tether to reposition the wake surfer behind the boat. As the tether is reeled out, an alert such as an audible noise and/or vibratory signal will cue the driver that the wake surfer has fallen. To further ensure safety, each end of the apparatus would have break away clips. The safety break away clips would release in the case where the driver did not stop the boat. The tether could be connected to the tower, pylon or back of the boat's towable hook. As a result of this device, the surfer can efficiently engage in an increased number of wake surfing sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin Doerr
  • Patent number: 9084906
    Abstract: A harness system includes a shoulder portion including a first vented protective element and a raised harness device. A belt portion includes a second vented protective element and a raised belt device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Alexander Andrew, Inc.
    Inventors: Cortland G. Schurian, Davies Evan
  • Patent number: 9056211
    Abstract: A vacuum anchor for securing a fall protection system to a surface has a gas inlet to receive pressurized gas from a gas container and generates a vacuum to secure the anchor to a surface. An attachment enables a fall protection system to be connected to the anchor, the attachment being rotatably mounted to the anchor. A container mounting device is provided for mounting the gas container to the anchor in connection with the gas inlet, the container mounting means being rotatable with the rotatable. Alternatively or additionally, the gas inlet is coaxial with the axis of rotation of the attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Latchways plc
    Inventors: Owain Jones, Karl Jones
  • Patent number: 9056656
    Abstract: A mooring loop is provided for use with connecting a mooring line to a bollard. The mooring loop may stretch and function as a time delay fuse when excessive loads are applied to the mooring line. The mooring loop is comprised of a reactive fiber component in the shape of a continuous loop that includes a plurality of at least one of: an undrawn hydrophobic polymer fiber or a substantially undrawn hydrophobic polymer fiber. At least two jackets are in surrounding relation to portions of the reactive fiber component. The at least two jackets include respective end portions which overlap. As the mooring loop stretches, a visual indicator on an end portion of one of the jackets pulls out of and away from the end portion of the other one of the jackets. The visual indicator serves as a warning that excessive loads are being applied to the mooring line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas W. Fields
  • Patent number: 9045315
    Abstract: The invention relates to a construction machine having a carrier unit, a boom mounted pivotably on the carrier unit, an erection support for erecting and/or holding the boom by means of a guy cable tensioned between the boom and the erection support, and a safety cable which can be tensioned along the boom for securing a user. A cable support with a first attachment point for the safety cable is arranged at a head end of the boom. A second attachment point for the safety cable is provided on the erection support. The safety cable can be tensioned between the first attachment point on the cable support and the second attachment point on the erection support along the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Maximilian Arzberger, Andreas Christoph Benjamin Schuell
  • Publication number: 20150144423
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining the safety of a working environment comprising a panel assembly including first D-Ring indicia corresponding to D-Ring height, a first slider supported for movement relative to the panel assembly, the first slider including first anchor height indicia corresponding to anchor height and a Free Fall Distance (FFD) indexing arrow, a second slider supported for movement relative to the panel assembly, the second slider including FFD indicia corresponding to FFD first lanyard length indicia corresponding to lanyard length. The first slider is moved to a first slider FFD calculation position based on a determined anchor height. The second slider is moved to a second slider FFD calculation position based on a determined lanyard length and a determined D-Ring height. The FFD is determined based on a relative position of the FFD indexing arrow on the first slider and the FFD indicia on the second slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: David George Whalen
  • Publication number: 20150129356
    Abstract: A roof safety device includes a fixed arm having a generally arched portion and a first cross-beam, a hook-slide slidably cooperating with the arched portion of the fixed arm. The hook-slide also includes a second cross-beam. The roof safety device includes a means for removably locking the hook-slide into fixed engagement with the fixed arm. A harness is connected to the fixed arm and worn by a user of the roof safety device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Brian K. Strawder
  • Patent number: 9027707
    Abstract: An upper body harness portion for converting a seat-style harness to a full body harness. The upper body harness portion includes a front lower component, a rear lower component, and an upper torso component having elongated first, second and third webbings. The ends of the first and second webbings are detachably securable to opposite sides of the front and rear or side portions of the seat-style harness waist belt, respectively. The third webbing forms a closed loop which, when worn, extends over a wearer's shoulders on opposite sides of the wearer's head. First and second connectors are slidably connected to the third webbing, with the first connector also being slidably connected to the first webbing adjacent the front of a wearer and the second connector being slidably connected to the second webbing adjacent the back of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Alan W. Schierenbeck
  • Publication number: 20150122579
    Abstract: An elevated platform system comprises a platform, a vision system configured to detect a number of people on the platform, and a plurality of restraining systems onboard the platform. Each restraining system includes a passive RFID tag secured to the platform and a reader configured to perform near field detection of the tag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Vance, Steven A. Dorris, Al Salour, Douglas D. Trimble
  • Patent number: 9010487
    Abstract: A safety line anchor system is provided and includes an elongate member including a threaded stud at one end for threading the member on to a threaded opening in a trench plate, a flange fixed to the stud end of the member above the stud base, the flange having two or more openings provided there through for accepting two or more stabilization bolts, a freely rotable platform attached to the end of the elongate member opposite the stud end, the platform including two or more slots cut there through for accepting safety line attachments, and a crane handle fixed to the rotable platform, the crane handle for accepting a crane hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Arthur V. Cruz
  • Patent number: 9010488
    Abstract: A tether device includes a magnetic base; a pole having a first end attached to the magnetic base; and a connector or clip attached at a second end of the pole, for removably connecting the tethering device to a user. Also, a method for tethering a user to a hull of a vessel including the steps of providing a tether device having a magnetic base, a pole having a first end attached to the magnetic base, and a connector or clip attached at a second end of the pole; connecting the connector or clip to the user; and engaging the magnetic base with the hull of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Arnal, Timothy T. Broderick
  • Publication number: 20150096833
    Abstract: A free-standing demountable window safety assembly adapted to rest, in use, on the floor inside a room containing a window opening in a wall, and against the wall containing the window, without engaging with the window opening, said assembly comprising:—•(i) at least two feet (125, 126) adapted to engage with the room floor˜(ii) at least two arms (121A, 121B, 135A, 135B) adapted to engage with the room wall adjacent to but spaced away from the window opening;˜(iii) at least two side portions (125, 123A, 135A, 133A) each supporting an arm;˜(iv) at least one linking member (111A, 111C) adapted to link opposing side portions or opposing feet in a substantially rigid fashion. The invention also includes methods of manufacturing and using such safety assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel CHEDDIE
  • Patent number: 8997926
    Abstract: The present invention relates to fall protection systems to which a scaffolder can tie off during scaffold construction by adjusting the height of the lifeline and to move along the entire length of a scaffold level without having to disengage the lifeline. In one embodiment the fall protection system includes two vertical support members adapted to be affixed to a scaffold frame wherein the two vertical members have attachment means for attachment of a lifeline, and wherein the attachment means are located at each respective vertical member and configured for movable attachment at a plurality of positions along the vertical axis of each support members. In addition the present invention relates to methods to use the fall protection system during scaffold construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Robert O'Reilly, Chris John Chetti
  • Patent number: 8997408
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to a roof comprising at least an inclined surface and a rim marking a transition to another surface extending horizontally or at a different inclination, the inclined surface and the rim being covered by roof elements. The roof further comprising at least one anchor for attaching an anchor rope to. The anchor is secured to the roof beneath the roof element or elements covering the rim and the roof elements covering the rim are spaced apart from the roof elements covering the inclined surface so as to allow access to the anchor from outside the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Flesst B.V.
    Inventor: Hans Antonius Borra
  • Patent number: 8997927
    Abstract: A fall restraint system includes a cable for attachment to a fall restraint harness assembly of a worker. The cable can be attached to a boom arm cantilevered on a mast carried from the ground or can be stretched between two points on opposed walls. A shock absorber is provided for absorbing at least part of the shock forces so as to reduce the loading applied to the support system. This comprises an elongate member with a movable member or sleeve mounted on it for longitudinal movement. The movement is resisted by a friction brake or a compressible material contained within a tube so that the sleeve moves along the tube in response to loads exceeding the normal load to reduce the loading on the cable while compressing the material in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Tuffbuilt Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Vetesnik
  • Publication number: 20150090527
    Abstract: A restraining system comprises a restraining device including first and second interlockable parts that, when interlocked, restrain the system. The restraining system further comprises a passive RFID tag attached to the first part, and a passive RFID reader coupled to the second part for near field detection of the tag within a prescribed range of the second part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Al Salour, Douglas D. Trimble, Jonathan B. Vance
  • Publication number: 20150090148
    Abstract: A bifurcation method and system for a passive continuous belay system that allows for a user to select multiple pathways using intermediate tracks. A main track and the intermediate tracks provide a linear passive continuous belay using an anchor mechanism that is configured to grasp the outside of the structural member track, using rolling elements and/or low-friction sliding. The user may select multiple pathways using intermediate lateral tracks to provide Cartesian movement at designated (e.g., perpendicular) transition or junction points. Desired tracks may be selected by a user via sliding along a support plate or track in a junction box and/or by rotating a portion of the junction box. Amusement attraction activities that include non-harnessed play may be intertwined or located adjacent to activities utilizing harnessed play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Weston, Anthony Marinakis, Rick Briggs, Hyuma Franskowski, Greg MacDougall
  • Patent number: 8985273
    Abstract: A portable folding support structure for safely tethering an individual comprises a portable cart sized to fit through a residential doorway, having wheels and a motor that actuates at least one of the wheels. A hand-operated throttle and steering device control the cart. The cart comprises an extendable anchoring plate to prevent rolling. A substantially horizontal jib with the cart comprises a harness point for receiving a safety cable to which an individual is attached to allow safe cleaning practices and to minimize fall risk. A foldable outrigger provides stability to the cart and an anchoring pad attaches to a distal region of the outrigger to promote stability. A textile liquid-absorbing surface is positionable about an outer surface of a glass balcony to inhibit cleaning liquids from spilling below the level of the liquid-absorbing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Terry
  • Publication number: 20150075903
    Abstract: A fall restraint system includes a cable for attachment to a fall restraint harness assembly of a worker. The cable can be attached to a boom arm cantilevered on a mast carried from the ground or can be stretched between two points on opposed walls. A shock absorber is provided for absorbing at least part of the shock forces so as to reduce the loading applied to the support system. This comprises an elongate member with a movable member or sleeve mounted on it for longitudinal movement. The movement is resisted by a friction brake or a compressible material contained within a tube so that the sleeve moves along the tube in response to loads exceeding the normal load to reduce the loading on the cable while compressing the material in the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jan Vetesnik
  • Patent number: 8978821
    Abstract: A fall arrest anchor trolley for arresting the fall of a user. In one embodiment, the invention can be a fall arrest trolley comprising: a body a brake sub-system, and a plurality of wheels rotatably coupled to the body, wherein bottoms of the plurality of wheels collectively define a rolling plane; the brake sub-system comprising a brake rod, a brake pad connected to the brake rod, a lanyard connector connected to the brake rod, and a resilient element; the brake rod slidably coupled to the body so that the brake sub-system is alterable between: (1) a free state in which the brake pad is spaced a distance above the rolling plane; and (2) an arrest state in which at least a portion of the brake pad is located within the rolling plane; the resilient element biasing the brake sub-system into the free state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Arnold T. Galpin, David A. Pisotti
  • Patent number: 8973705
    Abstract: A swivel D-ring attachment point. A first attachment portion has a first closed aperture defining a circular ring portion that extends over a first circumferential range of at least 180 degrees of arc that is symmetrically disposed relative to an axis. A second attachment portion has a second closed aperture. The first and second attachment portions are joined together so as to permit freely swivelling one of the attachment portions relative to the other around the axis. The second aperture has a shape that is substantially different from the shape of the first aperture, for connecting to substantially different articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Climb Tech, LLC
    Inventors: Karl Guthrie, Joseph Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20150060195
    Abstract: A safety harness (10) is provided to be worn by a person and to allow the person to manipulate the harness (10) to alleviate the potential effects of orthostatic intolerance in the person while suspended by the harness (10). The harness (10) includes one or more hand engageable members (102) allow the person to selectively repositioning a strap (70, 80, 90) of the harness (10) from a first position where the strap (70, 80, 90) extends across an upper portion of a lower torso of the person and a second position where the strap (70, 80, 90) extends across a lower portion of the lower torso of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Sharp, Michael R. Seman, Eric M. Mason, Ross Balquist
  • Publication number: 20150060196
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment suspension trauma relief strap assembly for use with a full body harness includes a pair of straps connectable in two configurations. The first configuration is formed by engaging a hook of one strap with one of a plurality of closed loop arrangements of the other strap to form a sling upon which a person donning the full body harness may stand. The second configuration is formed by engaging the hook of the one strap with one of the plurality of closed loop arrangements of the one strap and engaging the hook of the other strap with one of the plurality of closed loop arrangements of the other strap to form two slings upon which a person donning the full body harness may stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: J. Thomas Wolner, Travis P. Betcher
  • Patent number: 8967600
    Abstract: This lanyard, which is movable by elasticity between a rest position and a stretched position, comprises a tubular sheath made from non-stretchable material, and a set of elastic threads joined to the sheath. According to the invention, the elastic threads define at least one longitudinal weaving zone in which they are woven on one surface of the sheath only, each weaving zone being proper to form a bending zone of the lanyard, in the rest position, in which the elastic threads are folded onto themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Hede