Two Sherwood Park stepbrothers have had an innovative idea.
Kris McLeod and Mike Rutten considered the idea for more than a decade before seeking a patent and producing "Draggin' Hooks." The product consists of a lightweight, durable harness built into coveralls that features a loop at the shoulder hidden by velcro. The velcro can be easily detached in the event that a worker falls unconscious, allowing the person to be dragged to safety.
"I believe it's going to help a lot of people because some people are obviously smaller than others and if your partner is bigger than you and he or she falls down, the smaller person can grab ahold of them and actually move them," said McLeod.
The original idea came from McLeod after he took a course on safety in working with hydrogen sulfide, a toxic and corrosive gas.
Innovative Licensing & Promotion, Inc. is working on the licensing and patent. The company also helped the stepbrothers to produce a promotional video, which has acquired more than half a million views in about a week.
The pair, who have received numerous inquiries from around the world, are planning to contact Alberta Occupational Health and Safety with their idea.
"We're hoping to get a licensing agreement with someone that is large enough to be able to handle making these coveralls and then go from there," said McLeod.
It could take up to five years for the coveralls to reach retailers.