dead man's handle


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Related to dead man's handle: Dead Man's Switch

dead man's handle

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dead man's pedal

n
(Mechanical Engineering) a safety switch on a piece of machinery, such as a train, that allows operation only while depressed by the operator
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Donald also designed the dead man's handle safety device, which is used in the case of driver emergency.
It should have been attached to the driver's leg as a "dead man's handle" to cut the throttle if the driver was thrown overboard.
The air supply also incorporates a "dead man's handle" to ensure that the air supply is fully and safely under control at all times.
I had activated the "dead man's handle" that signaled the onset of unconsciousness.
Thursday: Sedgfield Players youth section, Die Kinder; Statement Drama Company Scarborough, Dead Man's Handle and Sarah-Ellen.
Mr Burnett said there had been speculation that the driver placed his bag on the so-called "dead man's handle" - a pedal which stops the train if the driver removes his foot from it - but police tests had been unable to demonstrate if this was the case.
It works in a similar way to the Dead Man's Handle that is designed to keep train drivers awake and alert.
Most popular is Japanese hit Densha De Go, which comes with this dead man's handle train controller.