(also dead man's pedal)
(Especially in a diesel or electric train) a lever that acts as a safety device by shutting off power when not held in place by the driver.
- Similarly, although technology abounds, the system that appears to get most usage - the ‘dead man's handle’ in trains - is said to be far from minimising the risk associated with becoming tired on the job.
- It is NOT a stand alone device intended to be used as a ‘dead man's handle’; that is in a similar manner to the systems used in the rail industry to stop the locomotive in the event that the operator becomes incapable for any reason.
- He made frantic attempts to find some sort of ‘dead man's handle’ with which to shut the machine down and drop the platform, but could not.
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Syllabification: dead man's han·dle
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