DICA has added a fourth patent to its SafetyTech outrigger pads. The most recent U.S. patent, issued in February 2016 (No. 9,254,821), is for C- or U-shaped TuffGrip handles used with any size or shape of SafetyTech pad.
The TuffGrip handle system was introduced in 2011 to help improve the long term durability of DICA outrigger pad products and provide an increased level of ergonomic safety for operators handling SafetyTech outrigger pads. Handle length is designed to encourage proper lifting that requires bending and lifting with the legs. The handle length also helps minimize trip hazards on the job site and, when being carried, reduces the “flopping around” of the pad common with excessively long handles.
In addition, recessed handles are on all round SafetyTech outrigger pads. The design allows for easy rolling of larger pads which reduces lifting stress and the potential for back injuries. Lastly, the TuffGrip handle material itself is an incredibly strong, yet comfortable, engineered thermoplastic. It’s backed by DICA’s unbreakable guarantee and resistant to UV degradation and chemical or water corrosion.
In addition to this newest United States patent, DICA also holds two other U.S. patents (8,814,121 and D686,794) and one Canadian patent (2,821,073) for the seating, insertion, and anchorage methods used for TuffGrip handles on various SafetyTech products.
The first of these patents was received in 2013, and additional patents are currently pending in both the United States and Canada.