US 3718241 A
This invention consists of a safety belt, made of a non-conductive material, to which are attached two or more loops for holding the electric cord of a power tool when in use. The loops can be opened and closed by snap fasteners, for the rapid insertion and removal of the said cord, and when the belt is worn in the usual manner around the waist of the person using the power tool, the loops are located in the back of the person thus always keeping the electric cord out of the way of the user.
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United States Patent 1 Forsythe  3,718,241 Feb. 27, 1973 SAFETY BELT  Inventor: John D. Forsythe, 1543 Dougall Avenue, Windsor 12, Ontario, Canada  Filed: Dec. 28, 1970  Appl. No.: 101,855
 US. Cl ..224/5 A, 224/26 B  Int. Cl. ..A45f 5/02  Field of Search ..224/26 B, 5 B, 26 R, 25 A, 224/5 A, 5 R, 21, 23; 248/51, 52, 74 PB [5 6] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,388,811 11/1945 Zatko ..224/5 A 2,602,575 7/1952 Olson 1,164,928 12/1915 Corcoran ..224/5 B X 10/1954 Conley ..224/5A 5/1891 McEntee ..224/23 Primary Examiner-Gerald M. Forlenza Assistant Examiner-Jerold M. Forsberg Attorney-Charles Krassov [5 7] ABSTRACT This invention consists of a safety belt, made of a nonconductive material, to which are attached two or more loops for holding the electric cord of a power tool when in use. The loops can be opened and closed by snap fasteners, for the rapid insertion and removal of the said cord, and when the belt is worn in the usual manner around the waist of the person using the power tool, the loops are located in the back of the person thus always keeping the electric cord out of the way of the user.
1 Claim, 4 Drawing Figures PATENTED 3.718241 lnvehior JOHN D- FORSYTHE Attorney SAFETY BELT This invention relates generally to utility and safety belts, and particularly to a belt used in conjunction with electric power operated tools such as power drills, saws, hedge cutters, lawn mowers, etc. for the purpose of properly locating the electrical cords or cables which supply power to the said tools when in use.
People using electrically powered tools usually experience a number of difficulties due to entanglement with the electric cords which are attached to and supply power to these tools. Besides the inconvenience and consequent slowing down of the particular operation involved, there also exist hazards such as bodily harm caused by tripping over such cords or being exposed to shock by faulty wiring.
It is therefore the object of this invention to provide a means for locating the electric cord of a power tool out of the way of and out of direct contact with the user.
This is accomplished in the invention, by providing a belt which is worn by the person using the tool. This belt has two or more spaced loops attached to it so that when it is worn the loops are located in the back of the user. The cord of the power tool is passed through the loops, thus it is always behind the user when the power tool is being used.
In describing the invention reference will be made to the attached drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is an elevation of the belt and the attached loops,
FIG. 2 shows a part of the belt elevation with the loops removed,
FIG. 3 is a section of the belt showing a means of attaching the loops to the belt, and
FIG. 4 shows the method of wearing the belt and the electric cord of a power tool when the said tool is being used.
In the drawings is shown a belt 1 of non-conductive material such as leather, plastic, or heavy cloth. The belt is provided at one end with a buckle 2, and at the other pointed end 3 with a plurality of holes 4 to fit the tongue of the buckle 2. At about the middle of the belt 1 is attached a pair of spaced wide loops 5,5, so that when the belt 1 is worn, the said loops are in the back of the wearer. Each loop 5 is provided with a snap fastener 6 so that the loop can be easily opened for the insertion therein of the electric cord 10, as shown in FIG. 4.
The loops 5,5, can be attached to the belt 1 in many ways, however, a preferred method is shown in FIG. 2, and 3. In FIG. 2 is shown a section of the belt 1 having punctured therein two pairs of rectangular holes 7,7, and 8,8. In FIG. 3, a loop 5 is shown threaded through the pair of holes 8,8. The ends of the loop 5 are folded over and held together by the fastener 6.
The method of applying the invention is demonstrated in FIG. 4. A person 9 who intends to use the power tool 11, puts on the belt 1 in the usual manner about his waist. The loops 5,5, are opened and the cord 10, of the said power tool, is inserted into the loops 5,5, which are then closed by the snap fasteners 6 so that the said cord is held free to slide within the said loop behind the person 9. Thus the cord 10 is always behind the person using the power tool, and the belt 1 always acts as an insulator against shock to the person 9 in case of a faulty cord where the bare wires become exposed while in use.
The buckle 2 IS shown only by way of example, and
can be replaced with many types of quick fastening buckles. A pauch for tools and accessories may be provided to fasten to the belt where necessary.
Having described the invention what I claim is,
1 A safety belt for keeping the location of the cord of an electrically powered tool always behind the user of the said power tool, comprising a belt for wearing around a persons waist, made of non-conductive material, said belt having a pair of slots spaced transversely thereon; and a loop threaded through each pair of said slots, each of said loops being provided with a snap fastener so that it can be opened for inserting therein the cord of said power tool, and said slots and their contained loops being located on the belt so that they are behind the person wearing said belt.
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