i Jan- 7, 1947- v. L. BEEHLER 2,413,903 " RESCUE HARNESS Filed oet. 5, 1945 ' ‘ Eg! 000060-0600‘00 OOGOOGOOOGGO :_ O'_| //// /’/ A INVEN ¿i4 ATTORNEYS 2,413,903 Patented Jan. 7, 1947 UNITED STATES PATENTl OFFICE ` 2,413,903 RESCUE HARNESS Vernon L. Beehler, Lewiston, N. Y. Application Gotober 5, 1945, Serial No. 620,433 l Claim. (Cl. 227-49) l 2 This invention relates to harness by which makes it easier to pull the victim through the manhole. The preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing in workmen who have become unconscious can be rescued from enclosures which they have entered through manholes. When men work in such enclosures in which there may be noxious gases or fumes by which they may be overcome, it is customary practice for them to wear a harness from which a rope extends up through the manhole to a watcher outside. In case the workman is overcome, the watcher pulls on the rope to lift him through the manhole so that he can be revived. Here tofore, this harness generally has been fitted around the body of the man with straps passing between his legs. If he is lifted by the rescue rope, his arms will drop to his sides and he will slump forward. This makes it diñcult to lift him through the manhole, because the back of his head and his shoulders reach the manhole first so that he has to be held there while his rescuer reaches down through the hole and works the victim’s arms up through the manhole be fore he can be pulled through it. Also, the buckles on the rescue harness often catch on the side of the manhole and thus add further interference to the rescue. It is among the objects of this invention to provide rescue harness which is very simple and which Fig. 1 is a side view of one of the wrist bands, and Fig. 2 is a fragmentary vertical sec tion through a tank showing a man wearing my rescue harness. Referring to the drawing, a pair of wrist bands are used, preferably one formed for the right wrist and one for the left, but as they are made in the same way only one will be described in detail. Each band may be in the form of a leather strap by which sprained wrists often are braced. The band has a wide body I long enough to wrap around the wrist and from one end of which a pair of integral straps 2 extend. The opposite end of the body is provided with a pair of buckles for receiving the straps. Behind the buckles there is a pair of slots 4 in the leather body and through which the straps are passed and then wrapped around the body once before being inserted in theibuckles. This is the usual way of fastening bracing bands on the wrist. Beside the outer edge of the body of the band there is a D-ring 6 which is connected to the band. Preferably, a leather loop 'l extends through the ring and along opposite sides of the band to which it is stitched and riveted. If de with a workman’s hands while he is working, 30 sired, this loop can be reinforced by a similar loop of metal inside of it, but in any event the loop and by which a man can be lifted by his arms. and ring must be strong enough to support the In accordance with this invention a pair of light in construction, which does not interfere wrist bands are strapped to the wrists of a work man before he lowers himself through a man~ weight of a man. One of these leather bands is strapped around each wrist of a workman with the adjoining ring hole into a tank or other enclosure in which 35 E lying along the back of his hand. A rescue rope there is a possibility that he may lose conscious 8 is passed loosely through one of the rings and ness. Secured to each of these bands is a ring. A rescue rope extending down through the man hole is run loosely through one of the rings and its end is tied to the other ring. The workman is permitted to use his hands freely because they are not tied together. However, should the workman be overcome in the tank, the watcher across to the other ring to which it is securely tied as shown in Fig. 2. The workman then 40 lowers himself through the manhole 9 into a tank I0 or the like, leaving the outer end of the rope outside where a helper or watcher stands ready to rescue the workman in case'he should be overcome or lose consciousness for any reason. outside will pull on the rope which will slide 45 Of course, the wrist bands are no inconvenience through'one of the rings and thereby draw the in themselves, and the rope does not interfere two rings toward each other until the victim’s appreciably with the activities of the workman. hands are together. At the same time the rope If desired, the center of the length of rope be will pull the hands and arms above the head. tween his two hands can be clipped in any suit After the hands have come together, continued 50 able manner to his clothing to help keep it out pull on the rope will lift the man, hands ñrst, of the way. Due to the fact that the rope ex through the manhole. In this way the man comes tends loosely through one of the rings, it does straight up through the manhole without slump not tie the hands together, so they are left vin ing over. As soon as his hands reach the man tually as free and independent of each other as hole they can be grasped bythe rescuer, which 55 if the rope were not present. 2,413,903 3 In case the workman loses consciousness and slumps down in the bottom of the tank, the help According to the provisions of the patent stat utes, I have explained the principle and con er outside pulls on the rope which slides through struction of my invention and have illustrated one of the rings and thereby draws the work and described what I now consider to represent man’s hands together. At the same time, his ol its best embodiment. However, I desire to have hands and arms are raised above his head or extended toward the manhole as indicated in broken lines in Fig. 2. As the rescuer continues to pull on the rope the victim is raised from the ñoor and lifted until his hands reach the man it understood that, within the scope of the ap pended claim, the invention may be practiced otherwise than as speciñcally illustrated and de scribed. I claim: hole where they can be grasped to lift his body Rescue harness for a workman below a man from the tank. This is much easier than having hole through which a rescue rope extends, said to lift the man by the rope until his head and harness comprising a pair of wrist bands adapted shoulders reach the manhole, and then having to be Worn by the workman, a ring adjacent the to pull his arms up past his head and through 15 outer edge of each band, and a loop member the hole. As the Weight of the man is suspended passing through each ring and secured to the from the wrist bands above his head, he is lifted side of the adjoining band to attach the ring to up to the manhole straight rather than in a the band, said rings being adapted to have the seated or slumped position which makes it dini rope extend slidably through one of them and cult to reach his arms and to pull him through 20 tied to the other, whereby the hands of the the manhole. Also, with his arms extending workman are free of each other unless the rope above his head his shoulders do not take up as is lpulled upwardly to draw his hands together much space as they would if his arms were hang above his head. ing down at his sides as heretofore. VERNON L. BEEHLER.