Harness Patents (Class 244/151R)
  • Patent number: 6128782
    Abstract: A combination clothing/safety harness for fall arresting and rescue from confined spaces provides the advantages of ease of use, distribution of forces over a wide surface area, protection of the harness portion, and ease of enforcing regulations that the harness be worn. The safety harness may be attached to various articles of clothing, such as a jacket, vest, overalls, or coveralls, so that donning the article of clothing automatically positions the harness for use. The harness may be used by employees working at dangerous heights or in confined spaces, or by hunters using tree stands. Combination clothing/safety harness systems can be made to meet OSHA requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventors: David A. Young, Jonnathan Mark Townsend
  • Patent number: 6125475
    Abstract: Utility suspenders for use by individuals in the construction trades. The suspenders include a pair of padded and stretchable straps for suspension from the shoulders of a user. Clips, adapted to firmly grip a tool belt, are secured to the front and rear ends of the straps. A load-distributing pad secures the straps together adjacent their rear ends. A variable length, chest strap is slidably positioned on the straps adjacent their front ends and has a quick release buckle for splitting such in half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Lisa Ann Taylor
  • Patent number: 6101631
    Abstract: A built-in full-body harness system 10 for hunters including a full-body harness member 20 having a pair of adjustable length upper body strap members 21, 22 which are connected to a bracket element 23 having a D-ring element 24, an adjustable length chest strap member 26 and an elongated lower body strap member 31 connected to the upper body strap members 21, 22 which are slidably received in internal passageways 53 formed in an outerwear unit 12 such that the full-body harness member 20 is suspended within the outerwear unit 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Vernon Ferguson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6006700
    Abstract: A safety harness comprises a strap portion for extending over a portion of a person's body to retain the person within the safety harness. The strap portion is fabricated from a flexible material having an elastic extension in the range of approximately 3 to approximately 15% under a tensile load of approximately 10 pounds. The material of the strap portion also has a ultimate tensile load of at least approximately 5,000 lbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Dalloz Safety, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald J. Cox
  • Patent number: 5970517
    Abstract: A harness assembly having an integral support line. The harness assembly includes a harness body having first and second ends and a hollow interior which receives the support line. The support line has first and second ends that extend from the harness body. The harness is secured within a garment. The garment has a front opening which is normally covered by a releasable flap. The first and second ends of the support line extend through the front opening and are accessible when the flap is moved to an open position. The first end of the support line may be pulled away from the harness to extend the support line therefrom. The second end of the support line is secured to the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Rapid Intervention Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Omar P. Jordan
  • Patent number: 5911234
    Abstract: A crutch sling assembly for use with a pair of crutches. The crutch sling assembly comprising a sling seat for engaging at least one of a buttock and crotch area of a sling user and supporting a portion of the weight of a user of said crutch sling assembly. Intermediate portions of the first and second elongate straps are connected to the sling seat. The first and second elongate straps each have an attachment mechanism for connecting each one of the first elongate strap and the second elongate strap to one of a pair of crutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Eric Hirst
  • Patent number: 5904324
    Abstract: The non-motorized aircraft flight control system provides additional lines, cords, hooks and other devices to existing paraglider aircraft to aid in the control of the paraglider wing elements such as the wing suspension lines which are used to change the shape of the wing to change the flight characteristics of the aircraft. The simplest version of the improvements facilitate the location and pulling of the appropriate control lines. Visual facilitators are used to aid in identifying the proper elements. The more complex changes involve cables and handle grips with gear systems similar to a bicycle shifting mechanism. In all cases where a control position is to be maintained for a period of time there is a device to retain the cord or cable in the proper position. A further variation involves the use of a transmission box to shift and control the cables and to use the pilot's leg to aid in manipulation of various elements of the paraglider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Geoffrey Di Bella
  • Patent number: 5697329
    Abstract: A color coded safety belt or harness to be worn by a person to protect the person from a fall and the method of making and using the belt or harness. The belt or harness is formed of first fibers of a predetermined first color, e.g., optical yellow, and also includes at least one color coded indicator fiber woven therein to indicate the year of the manufacture of the belt or harness. The indicator fiber is of a second color which contrasts with the color of the belt or harness fibers to enable the user of the belt or harness to determine if the belt or harness had been produced more than a predetermined number of years before so that a decision can be made by the user of whether or not to discard the belt or harness due to its age. The second color of the indicator fiber is a predetermined different color than the first color, and is changed in successive years, without repeating the second color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Michael Bell
    Inventors: Michael Bell, Jonathan Marc Bell
  • Patent number: 5487444
    Abstract: A safety harness assembly (10) includes a harness (12) securable to a person's torso having an anterior side (14) and a posterior side (16). A resilient, elastomeric cord assembly (18) has an anterior end portion (24) connected to the anterior side of the harness, and a posterior end portion (26) connected to the posterior side of the harness. An intermediate portion (28) of the elastomeric cord assembly is connectable to a safety lanyard (22). The safety harness assembly absorbs shock and positions the person upright when worn to support a person's weight and break the impact of falls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Inventor: Mark Dennington
  • Patent number: 5472155
    Abstract: Each of two risers is composed of a number of braided cords that are woven together. Each cord of one of the risers has a slit located where the two risers converge. Each slit provides communication with a concentric cavity in that cord. Each opposing cord for the other riser is inserted through the slit and has a section which lies in the cavity. When tension is applied, the braided cord enclosing the cavity radially constricts and the friction of the cavity walls holds the enclosed cord section in the cavity. The cords enclosing cavities continue on to become suspension lines connected to the parachute canopy. In one embodiment, each cord lying inside another terminates inside the cavity. Alternatively, the cord lying inside the cavity exits the cavity through a second slit and continues on to become another extension line. To connect the risers to an article to be decelerated by the parachute, the cords for both risers have slits near their ends. Each slit communicates with a concentric cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Assignee: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Inventor: Bradley Mastrolia
  • Patent number: 5360082
    Abstract: An integrated safety system (20) comprises a rope grab (100), a body engagement device such as a harness (200, 201) or waist belt to be worn by a person (22), a lanyard (104) and lowering device (300). The harness (200, 201), which also constitutes a part of the invention by itself, comprises a compartment (202) for the lowering device (300), and also a first connector (224), a second connector (220) and in one embodiment (201) additionally comprises a third connector (600). The lanyard (104) is securable to the first connector (224) of the harness (200, 201) and to the rope grab (100) to enable the person (22) to be suspended thereby in the event of a fall. The lowering device (300) is stored in the compartment (202) of the harness (200, 201) until needed and is arranged to be mounted on the safety line (28) by the person (22) while the person is suspended thereby after a fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: Michael Bell
  • Patent number: 5289896
    Abstract: A harness is provided for a motorcyclist and the like which consists of a pair of shoulder straps to be worn by a driver of a motorcycle. A waist strap is attached to the shoulder straps, while an upper back strap is attached between the shoulder straps and a lower back strap is attached between the shoulder straps. A pair of grip handles are each attached to one shoulder strap between the upper back strap and the lower back strap, so that a passenger sitting behind the driver on the motorcycle can hold onto the grip handles for anchorage and safety, while the driver will wear the harness in comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Salvatore J. Giglio
  • Patent number: 5277348
    Abstract: Parachute harness including laterally spaced apart right and left main lift web and leg strap devices, a parachute container disposed therebetween and connected on the top by shoulder straps and on the bottom by articulating rings which also serve to connect the bottom of the main lift web with the opposite ends of respective leg straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Sandy R. Reid
  • Patent number: 5260122
    Abstract: This invention is related to a woven fibrous article which exhibits relatively low reductions in energy-to-break and tenacity on repeated impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Allied-Signal Inc.
    Inventors: Dusan C. Prevorsek, Young D. Kwon, Hong B. Chin
  • Patent number: 5220976
    Abstract: A safety harness to be worn by a worker, especially a worker wearing a plastic suit thereunder for protection in a radioactive or chemically hostile environment, which safety harness comprises a torso surrounding portion with at least one horizontal strap for adjustably securing the harness about the torso, two vertical shoulder straps with rings just forward of the of the peak of the shoulders for attaching a life-line and a pair of adjustable leg supporting straps releasibly attachable to the torso surrounding portion. In the event of a fall, the weight of the worker, when his fall is broken and he is suspended from the rings with his body angled slightly back and chest up, will be borne by the portion of the leg straps behind his buttocks rather than between his legs. Furthermore, the supporting straps do not restrict the air supplied through hoses into his suit when so suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Inventor: Larry W. Gunter
  • Patent number: 5203829
    Abstract: The safety harness includes a shoulder strap, a waist strap and a seat strap. The seat strap includes end portions that wrap around the upper portions of the right and left legs, respectively. The shoulder strap is effectively continuous, having one break where the first and second shoulder strap portions are buckled to each other. The shoulder strap buckle is also the location for adjusting the effective length of the shoulder strap to fit the person's torso. The waist strap includes a buckle location where the safety harness is fastened to the person wearing it, the waist strap buckle permitting easy donning of the safety harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian K. Fisk, Scott C. Casebolt
  • Patent number: 5145027
    Abstract: A sit safety harness comprises a pair of thigh loops in the form of closed loops and a belt with a central clasping device. Adjustment of the size of each thigh loop is performed by means of a clamping buckle fixed to the belt by an attachment strap and an adjustment strap securedly affixed by its end to the loop. The latter remains closed permanently throughout adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: Petzl S.A.
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Pierre Petzl
  • Patent number: 5127610
    Abstract: The "Lift Back" is an invention for providing spinal protection with an impact resistant moldable material for insertion in a fabric harness in sport aviation particularly Paragliding. The invention is comprised of two main parts which are fastened together and in union provides relief to the low back, rib cage and shoulders from the stress put on the body while the pilot operates his Paraglider, and most importantly provides spinal protection to the pilot's spinal column in the event of impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Inventor: Richard Provasoli
  • Patent number: 5080191
    Abstract: A harness for use by adults or children in learning certain sporting activities such as snow skiing is disclosed in two embodiments wherein handles are conveniently disposed for gripping by individuals helping a user of the harness. Anchors are also provided on the harness to releasably attach the harness to a sit ski and other anchors are provided to which tether lines can be attached for use by an individual assisting the user of the harness in snow skiing or the like. The harness is further provided with unique means for positively positioning the harness on a user for optimal control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: George S. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 5072897
    Abstract: A harness fitting has a first member which is secured to the vest of a pilot while a second member is secured to a cockpit floor. The first member has vertical torso restraint straps attached thereto which limits the upward displacement of a pilot, relative to his seat, during normal flight. This results in minimizing injuries that might occur as a result of negative "G" conditions during which time the head of the pilot may be injured during contact with a canopy. Arm and leg restraints are connected to the fitting so that they become pulled in during pilot ejection, thereby reducing the possibility of limb injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Assignee: Grumman Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Armand J. Aronne
  • Patent number: 5058831
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an emergency escape unit to be used in case of an emergency such as a fire, an earthquake or the like, such that the user safely escapes from a high building with the use of this escape unit. In the emergency escape unit of the present invention, a light-weight gas such as helium, air or the like, filled in a bomb may be quickly released into a sack-like canopy, causing the canopy to be expanded in the form of an umbrella, so that the air resistance during descent is quickly increased, enabling the user to fall slowly. When helium is used as the light-weight gas to be released into the sack-like canopy, provision is made such that buoyancy is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventor: Shigeki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5033697
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting the head of a crew member sitting in a forward posture in a vehicle during high "G" accelerations is disclosed. The invention comprises an upper torso assembly secured to the crew member's upper torso and a head support member. The head support member is hingedly connected to the upper torso assembly for preventing the crew member's head from rotating forward when sitting in a forward lean posture during high G accelerations. The apparatus thereby maintains the proper head position for viewing aircraft displays and viewing the vehicle's external environment. The head support member further allows for free head mobility when the crew member is in the normal upright sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventors: Kenton M. Munson, Jordan Wiener
  • Patent number: 5029777
    Abstract: Retention apparatus for a parachutist to a parachute of the type having a flexible wing having casings. The apparatus includes a retention assembly adapted to retain the parachutist, and a device for piloting permitting the parachutist to modify the shape of the aerodynamic surface plane by displacement of his center of gravity G.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Laser-Lab
    Inventors: Michel Le Blanc, Paul Amiel
  • Patent number: 4938436
    Abstract: A harness and belt assembly for a crewmember of an aircraft including left and right slings, a first belt assembly having first end second ends, a survival kit strap assembly attachment fitting which slidably engages the belt assembly, and a mechanism for releasably attaching the fitting to a seat of an aircraft. The slings are designed to extend from the chest of the crewmember, over the crewmember's shoulders, to the back of the crewmember. The first end of the belt assembly is attached to one of the slings at the portion designed to be adjacent the crewmember's chest. The second end of the belt assembly is attached to the other of the slings. A survival kit belt can be affixed to the fitting so that the survival kit ejects with the crewmember during an ejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Survival Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Gary F. Bradley, Walter R. Peck, James W. Duncan, Thomas M. Britton
  • Patent number: 4923149
    Abstract: A parachute foot support stirrup for preloading the leg muscles of a parachutist. The foot support stirrup comprises a strapping member defining a footrest portion dimensioned to receive the feet of the parachutist and an attachment portion for removable securement of the strapping member to a fixed attachment part located above the feet of the parachutist. The footrest portion provides a support means to maintain the leg muscles of the parachutist preloaded prior to the parachutist landing on solid ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Inventor: Kalman Feher
  • Patent number: 4850554
    Abstract: A parachute harness including a pair of shoulder straps having connected to the upper portion thereof at front and rear spaced apart locations a pair of riser straps which rise upwardly to connect with the canopy shroud lines. The forward and rearward riser straps of the right and left pair are releasably connected together intermediately in close spaced relationship to form at the intermediate location a fulcrum point such that during opening shock the riser straps are connected together at the fulcrum point for swaying of the jumper to and fro generally about such fulcrum point. After deployment of the canopy, the riser straps may be released at the fulcrum point to permit the intermediate portion of the riser to draw apart to assume orientations angling generally upwardly and outwardly from the respective anchor points to thus minimize oscillation of the jumper under the canopy and stabilize the jumper during his descent and while making manuevers and landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventor: Edward T. Strong
  • Patent number: 4793575
    Abstract: A chest-mountable emergency parachute pack is provided having an upper compartment for a parachute and a lower compartment for an inflatable flotation device such as a life raft. A rear compartment for an inflatable personal flotation device such as a life vest may be provided. Additional pockets may store other survival equipment. The pack is provided with means for attachment to a custom-filled harness which is worn by a crew member. In an emergency, the parachute pack may be quickly attached to the harness for appropriate emergency procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventor: Manley C. Butler
  • Patent number: 4746084
    Abstract: A student's parachute harness attaches to an instructor's parachute harness allowing both to descend in tandem. Detaching snaps at the shoulders and waist of the student's harness detachably engage fittings on generally corresponding portions of the instructor's harness to couple the tandem in proper relative body positions. The fittings at the instructor's shoulders are load distribution fittings which have a flat tangential portion connected to the canopy and reserve risers and a forwardly jutting portion connected to a snap hook on the student's harness. A drogue provides stabilization during a prone free fall by having its riser connected to the instructor's harness where the shoulder straps cross each other in the center of the instructor's back. Pulling a rip cord at the end of the drogue free fall detaches the drogue bridle from the drogue riser to release the drogue which deploys the canopy from a container attached to the instructor's harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Inventor: Edward T. Strong
  • Patent number: 4738413
    Abstract: An improved harness restraint system for a vehicle seat occupant which includes a unique single-point release device having laterally spaced connectors for attachment of shoulder harness straps. The system also includes an improved harness belt system employing a cross-chest belt configuration as well as a gross adjustment feature for pre-adjusting the harness assembly straps to substantially approximate the occupant. The new system also provides diverging lower restraint belts which encircle each leg of the occupant for anti-gravity and crash restraint. The single-point release device also includes an automatic release mechanism which is activated in a water environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: East/West Industries
    Inventors: Dominic J. Spinosa, Frank Knoll
  • Patent number: 4720064
    Abstract: A continuous main strap (10) has a front H-shaped configuration and a rear X-shaped configuration. Strap (10) extends from one side of the waist diagonally up and across the back, down the front, across and under the buttocks, up the front, and diagonally down and across the back to the opposite side of the waist. A chest strap (30) completely encircles the chest and forms the horizontal portion of the "H". An integral thigh strap and lap belt (20) is attached to the buttocks portion (16) of strap (10) and extends upwardly and laterally outwardly to side waist fittings (56) on vertical front webs (14) of strap (10), through fittings (56), and inwardly to an adjustable connector (26). Each fitting (56) has a cam lock snubber (66) for releasably securing strap (20) against movement relative to fitting (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gerald F. Herndon
  • Patent number: 4712513
    Abstract: A suspension harness utilizes a continuous belt of adjustable effective length which is affixed to the seat strap and passes crosswise through a rear plate to form the shoulder straps of the harness. The passes of the continuous belt then extend downwardly to loop through rigid frames connected to the seat strap ends before passing upwardly through a front frame. The rear plate and front frame alone or together with the lateral frames can have catch eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Gebr. Wahlefeld GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Frank Huppertsberg
  • Patent number: 4687160
    Abstract: The parachute system comprises three parachutes 1-3, whose shroud lines 16 are combined into partial bundles 8-10 are articulated via articulation points 17 to articulation straps 4-7.The articulation is constructed as follows. The two partial bundles of the first parachute 1 are articulated to one articulation strap pair and the partial bundles of the second parachute 2 are articulated to the opposite articulation strap pair. The two partial bundles of the third parachute 3 are also articulated to an articulation strap of the first parachute 1 and to an articulation strap of the second parachute 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Bruggemann & Brand GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Logemann
  • Patent number: 4645033
    Abstract: A strap seat, utilizable in particular by persons descending on a rope by means of a rope payout device, comprises a pair of carrying bands having upper ends connected to one another at a junction or overlap point and lower ends folded back upon themselves to form a pair of leg loops. The carrying bands are firmly attached at their overlap point to a pair of trousers and are guided substantially along an upper edge of the trousers through openings or loops in a triangular extension of the trousers. The bottoms of the trouser legs are closed, while the carrying bands are attached to the upper ends of the trouser legs in the crotch area of the trousers. A rope payout device is connectable to the strap seat at the overlap point of the carrying bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Assignee: Heinrich Oelschlager Metallwarenfabrik
    Inventor: Hans H. Oelschlager
  • Patent number: 4637629
    Abstract: A pair of crisscrossing straps and a pair of tension straps connect the two ends of a rigid U-shaped member to the two sides of the backrest of an aircraft crewmember's seat. The end portions of the U-shaped member have slip rings which are the support points for a pair of support straps which form loops encircling the crewmember's rib cage. The support straps can move through the slip rings thereby allowing the crewmember the ability to turn to either side while secured to the seat by the restraint system. In another embodiment of the invention, the crisscrossing straps are eliminated and a pair of wedge shaped support pads mounted on the front surface of the backrest of the seat are used instead of a U-shaped member. The tension straps and the crisscross straps are connected to inertial reels mounted at the sides of the backrest of the seat in order to provide restraint to each side of the support strap system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Cummings
  • Patent number: 4632217
    Abstract: A seat harness for mountain climbers is formed from a continuous length of woven fabric webbing having, at intervals, transverse slots formed therethrough by the weaving process. The leg loops of the harness are formed by passing the ends of the webbing through certain of its own slots. The leg loops are drawn snug while applying the harness; one size harness thus adapts to all leg sizes, avoiding the need for leg loop adjustment buckles. A chest harness formed of the same type webbing is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventors: John H. Markwell, Kyle Isenhart
  • Patent number: 4618026
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for applying a counteracting force which is generated by pulling superposed sections of webbing, which are secured together, through a separating means so that the separation of the secured together superposed sections generates a counteracting force. A frictional force may also be generated so as to provide an additional counteracting force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: Rose Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Wayne L. Olson
  • Patent number: 4512437
    Abstract: The safety vest of the present disclosure comprises a front panel and a r panel forming a torso encircling garment and displaying a plurality of strap receiving guide strips; a strap arrangement is associated with this garment and includes two main pairs of straps, each strap of the first pair forming a continuous detachable loop with a front portion, a back portion, a shoulder portion and a hip portion, and each strap of the second pair forming also a continuous detachable loop which is adapted to surround the thigh of a user and which is engaged with the lowermost part of the front portion of the first pair of straps; buckles are associated with each strap of each pair for detaching the loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1985
    Assignee: Institut de Recherche en Sante et en Securite du Travail du Quebec
    Inventor: Garry Savage
  • Patent number: 4488691
    Abstract: A harness system is disclosed for releasably restraining the torso of a cman in a seat aboard an aircraft. The harness system includes an upper torso restraint adapted to engage the seat at points on either side thereof and wherein a pair of chest straps connected to either side of a backpad are slidingly routed through respective roller fittings in a criss-cross fashion across the crewman to permit upper torso rotation. A separate lower torso restraint is coupled to the upper torso restraint and adapted to engage the seat at the same points of engagement as the upper torso restraint. A single-action release mechanism, actuated manually or automatically by water immersion, disengages both the upper and lower restraints from the seat thereby divesting the crewman of the harness system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1984
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Daniel L. Lorch
  • Patent number: 4410175
    Abstract: A safety suspension unit with a tracking carriage connectable to an elevated fixed track, the suspension unit having a spring loaded pulley system with a support cable connected to a harness for aiding a skater, in the learning and practicing of jumps and spins. The tension in the spring which loads the pulley system is increased as the support cable is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Inventor: Ellis W. Shamp
  • Patent number: 4378921
    Abstract: An improved unitary parachute torso harness, having a single fastening me, wherein an auxiallary tightening strap is attached to the groin straps of said harness. Said auxillary straps are used to prevent torso rotation or harness slippage and to prevent harness elongation in the groin and chest area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Ronald E. Allen, Robert J. Hudson, Marshall W. Hager
  • Patent number: 4228568
    Abstract: A releasable fastener for securing together lap belt straps, shoulder harness straps and a parachute ripcord lanyard. The fastener includes a buckle member or release assembly on one lap belt interengageable with a tongue member or link assembly on the other lap belt. A key on the end of the ripcord lanyard is releasably attached to the link assembly. The shoulder harness straps are engaged with the release assembly before it is coupled with the link assembly. The fastener provides for automatic release of the lap belt and shoulder harness straps to release the user from an aircraft ejection seat after its ejection from the aircraft, while retaining the parachute ripcord in attachment to the ejection seat for initiating automatic deployment of the parachute. Upon manual release of the fastener, the lap belt and shoulder harness straps are released and the ripcord lanyard key is positively ejected from the fastener to ensure its release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1980
    Assignee: Frost Engineering Development Corp.
    Inventors: Richard H. Frost, Charles W. Dodge
  • Patent number: 4090683
    Abstract: The disclosure embraces a harness for a man carrying parachute including at least one mechanism for simultaneous releasing of a riser and of a harness fastening cross-link; the harness includes a means for positioning the connecting points of the riser at the level of the block which hold the harness fastening cross-link, one of the blocks including a lever to which a riser can be connected, the lever being maintained locked by a latch with the latch being maintained in engagement with the lever by a locking rod; the mechanism further includes a bracket which is maintained locked onto a support plate by a rod which holds the harness fastening cross-link so that when the rod is withdrawn, the lever pivots to release the riser and the bracket escapes to release the harness fastening cross-link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1978
    Assignee: Aerazur Constructions Aeronautiques
    Inventors: Andre Robert Derrien, Celestin Cerati
  • Patent number: 4083519
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for preventing premature, manual operation of a parute activated during ejection by airload tensional forces on the parachute container and harness riser strap system, which is accomplished by slidably mounting the ripcord handle assembly with respect to the riser strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1978
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Jon T. Matsuo
  • Patent number: 4057181
    Abstract: A container for coins, paper money, cards or other articles with means for mounting it on a body belt or safety harness worn in a vehicle, such as an automobile, and which is attachable and detachable from the safety harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1977
    Inventor: Joseph C. Finnigan
  • Patent number: 4009905
    Abstract: A safety belt is provided with an accessory that can be actuated in emergency situations to sever the belt and allow the belt user to be freed from the belt. This accessory has a pair of parallel blades one of which may be pulled along the other to sever the belt scissor-fashion when a force exceeding a predetermined minimum force is exerted on the blade pull. The movable blade may be spring-loaded so that simple actuation of a pushbutton or withdrawal of an operating pin allows the springs to push the movable blade across the fixed blade and sever the belt. Such an accessory is mounted on the seat belt in the middle of the chest of the user to make it readily accessible to the user or a rescuer in an emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1977
    Inventor: Desire Jean-Marie Bejeannin
  • Patent number: 3937407
    Abstract: An improved energy and shock absorber is provided using one standard off--shelf textile material for all the strap components having the same configuration and composition and varying only in length. Such a design enables the shock absorber to be fabricated and/or repaired economically and expeditiously at any installation or facility that has available a commercial sewing machine. The magnitude of shock absorption can be varied without the need for any research and development effort, and by operating personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1974
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1976
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Jon T. Matsuo