Shock-absorbing safety harness

  • US 5,487,444 A
  • Filed: 03/23/1993
  • Issued: 01/30/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/23/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A safety harness for suspending a person wearing the harness from a single safety lanyard, comprising:

  • a harness securable to a person'"'"'s torso and having an anterior side and a posterior side and defining left and right sides;

    a resilient harness support assembly having at least three end branches, a first end branch being connected to the harness proximate the left anterior side of the harness, a second end branch being connected to the harness proximate the right anterior side of the harness, and a third end branch being connected to the posterior side of the harness, the harness support assembly further having an intermediate portion disposed between the third end branch and the first and second end branches, at least a portion of the resilient harness support assembly being constructed from a resilient material;

    a lanyard coupling coupled to the intermediate portion of the resilient harness support assembly and disposed centrally relative to the left and right sides of the harness for connection to the single safety lanyard whereby the harness and the single safety lanyard support the person'"'"'s weight and position the person in a vertically and laterally upright disposition when the person is suspended from the single safety lanyard, the resilient harness support assembly being reversibly deformable to absorb impact loads imposed on the safety lanyard and the harness and a fail-safe lanyard connected at a first end to the harness and at a second end to the safety lanyard.

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