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Document ID (ISN)110157
CIS number 09-1152
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fukaya K., Uchida M.
Title Protection against impact with the ground using wearable airbags
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.46, No.1, p.59-65. Illus. 10 ref.
Internet access 09-1152.pdf [in English]
Abstract This article presents three types of wearable airbag systems for protection against falls from heights, wheelchair overturns and falls on the same level. The systems consist of an airbag, sensor, inflator, and jacket. The sensor detects the fall and the airbag inflates to protect the user. Fall tests using dummies with and without the airbags demonstrated the effectiveness of these devices. In fall heights of less than 2m, the airbags reduced the impact acceleration. Head Injury Criterion values were under 1000, as per the auto-crash test requirement. The limits to the amount of protection afforded are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) personal protective equipment; inflatable restraints; falls from heights; falls on the level
Descriptors (secondary) protection against falls from heights; description of equipment; head injuries; reliability; equipment testing; safety engineering
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Falls from heights
Belts, harnesses and lifelines
Personal protection