Buckingham Ergovation Harness
The most comfortable harness on the market!!
- Fully modular design for customized fit and comfort
- Weighs only 2.8 kg
- Ergonomically designed back pad to contour the pelvis and support the lower back
- Closed cell foam construction for improved hygiene
- Ability to remove and wash padding for improved hygiene
- Load distributing design to decrease pressure on pelvis
- Increased padding in pelvis and hip region
- Adjustable work positioning dee rings for comfortable and customized placement by user
- Waist tensioner for improved fit and abdominal stability
- Customizable lumbar support to help maintain optimal posture when climbing
Sizing - fit is important to comfort. Be sure to allow for wear over heavy clothing. In order to obtain an optimum fit, the work positioning dee rings should be positioned slightly forward of the hip bones. Below are typical fits according to waist size.
Patent pending ergonomically designed saddle conforming to EN 358 2000 Standards for Work Positioning as well as EN 813 2008 Standards for Sit harnesses.
ATRAES MODELS COMPLY WITH AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS AS 1891.1:2007 SECTION 3.3.3
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The History of the Ergovation™ Harness Design Concept
As a production arborist, trainer, and tree-climbing competitor, Ed has been climbing in Buckingham saddlesffr most of his career. He has been very pleased with the durability, comfort, and quality that Buckingham’s arborist saddles provide to him while climbing for work, competition, or recreation. Established in 1896 Buckinghamhas had an impeccable reputation for constructing, durable, quality, fall protection equipment for individualsworking in the vertical realm. Ed and many of his colleagues have been climbing in Buckingham saddles, for years and can personally validate how their arborist saddles withstand the test of time. Ed and Amanda presented their findings to Buckingham and proposed needed changes that would have drastic effects in the support and comfort provided by arborist saddles.
Amanda’s background in human anatomy and biomechanics gave her a clear understanding of what was neededto provide the ideal support and comfort in a saddle. When combined with Ed’s experience and progressivenessin the arborist industry they set out to design a true ergonomic climbing saddle, that would not only be comfortable,but also versatile, durable, and customizable.
In developing the Ergovation™ saddle, all the deficiencies previously identified were addressed. The following is a list of how the deficiencies were addressed to support and stabilize the human body, while maintainingcomfort and adjustability.
ï‚§ At the core of the Ergovation™saddle is a back-pad that provides optimal support and stability to thelumbar region, while allowing mobility through the hips.
ï‚§ A removable lumbar support was added to the back pad, which is something Amanda recommends toher patients daily to maintain proper posture and decrease low back strain.
ï‚§ Additional padding in the lateral hip region was added to decrease pressure on the soft tissues where the work-positioning D-rings sit.
ï‚§ To prevent excessive pressure in the groin, a larger leg pad was utilized and a buckle that could be adjustedaway from the groin to decrease pressure and pinching on the femoral nerve and blood vessels.
ï‚§ In addition, adjustable work positioning D Rings allow for customizable positioning; preventing excess pressure on the pelvis, and allowing for ideal upper extremity reach.
Dr. Amanda Carpenter’s recommendations to support the human body, Ed Carpenter’s suggestions for the idealcomponents in a climbing saddle, and Buckingham Manufacturing Company’s input on the components neededto build a durable saddle were combined to come up with the revolutionary design of the Ergovation™. Thetrue meaning of Ergonomics is about customizing the tool to fit the person, and we feel that we captured this inthe design of the Ergovation™ saddle. The Ergovation™ saddle’s customization and versatility make it unparalleled in a saddle / sit harness fall protection system.
The revolutionary design of the Ergovation saddle was developed with the insight of a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Professional Arborist, and a leading Manufacturer of arborist saddles and fall protection equipment.
As Physical Therapist, Certified Professional Trainer, and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, Amanda has more than 10 years of experience rehabilitating athletes, and industrial athletes alike. Amanda has dedicated her career to educating her patients to manage their current symptoms and empowering them to take control of their own health and wellness in order to prevent future injuries. As a production arborist, Ed has suffered from the aches and pains associated with the physically demanding tasks of tree work. Ed, like many arborists has devoped makeshfit ways to deal with these pains. The coping methods are often band-aid fixes to a much larger problem. These temporary fixes eventually would lead to more severe injury, as well as increased lost time, bothon and off the job. In order to prolong the careers of today’s industrial athletes, the biomechanical faults need to be addressed early on.
In preparation for their talk, Amanda and Ed discussed ways to present the topic of Ergonomics, as it pertains to arborists. During this time, they reviewed the typical duties performed and the tools utilized by productionarborists. During a review of ascent techniques used by arborists to access their work, Amanda commented toEd on the obvious lack of low back support in his climbing saddle. After some simple observations, she herself put on a saddle and quickly realized just how bad the problem was! Not only was there no back support, but the work-positioning D-rings compressed her hips causing extreme pain! Additionally, she experienced a sharp pinch in the groin while hanging in suspension causing her to question, “How could anybody stand to wear these saddles!” Amanda and Ed knew there was a solution to this problem. It was this point that the idea for the Ergovation™ was born.
Following their talk at TCI Amanda and Ed performed a review of current arborist saddles and how they provided, or more often did not provide support to a climber while ascending, or positioning for work in a tree. They looked at many different saddles on the market and available in December of 2007. What they found were deficiencies in these saddles and their development methodologies.
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