US 9,812,814 B1
Safety lockout feature for plug
Tushar Borkar, Pune (IN); Abhinav S. Sachan, Pune (IN); and Christopher R. Ruhland, Chicago, IL (US)
Assigned to Appleton Grp LLC, Rosemont, IL (US)
Filed by Appleton Grp LLC, Rosemont, IL (US)
Filed on Apr. 28, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/581,750.
Claims priority of application No. IN201721007973 (IN), filed on Mar. 7, 2017.
Int. Cl. H01R 13/639 (2006.01)
CPC H01R 13/6397 (2013.01) 22 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An electrical plug lockout assembly comprising:
a plug housing having a hollow interior surrounded at least partially by a longitudinally extending outer wall;
a first plurality of electrical connectors positioned within the hollow interior of the plug housing that are adapted to mate with a second plurality of electrical connectors positioned on an electrical plug;
a first aperture extending through the longitudinally extending outer wall of the plug housing;
a locking member positionable through the first aperture in the longitudinally extending outer wall of the plug housing;
wherein the locking member includes a retainer that abuts an inner surface of the longitudinally extending outer wall of the plug housing adjacent the first aperture when the locking member is extended through the aperture of the longitudinally outer wall from within the hollow interior of the plug housing;
wherein the locking member includes one or more holes adapted to receive a locking element or lockout tag; and
wherein when the locking member is positioned through the first aperture in the longitudinally extending outer wall of the plug housing and the locking element or lockout tag is secured through the one or more holes of the locking member, the electrical plug cannot be fully engaged with the plug housing.