The Hip Harness Carrying System is a low-tech harness mechanism that takes advantage of the strongest structures of the lower body to withstand and carry loads while diverting weight from the spine and lower back. When wearing the device carriers have the advantage of free-hands carriage allowing them to utilize their upper body and arms for balance, additional support, carry more load, or offer assistance to victims while transporting them to safety.
The device’s main purpose is to be used as a rescuing aid for responders traversing on challenging terrains such as urban slums, sites hit by natural disasters, and confined spaces with limited room for maneuvering. However, the advantage of providing hands-free carriage and releasing weight from the carrier’s spine can benefit a number of other workers and tasks. Some expanded uses include civil construction, military, agriculture and general carrying and load bearing.
LIGHTENING THE LOAD: TRANSPORTING THE INJURED IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS
2008 IDSA Conference Proceedings