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1. (WO2019032381) MODULAR CABLE PROTECTOR
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I CLAIM:

1. A system for disconnecting a series of modular cable protectors, said system comprising:

a plurality of modular cable protectors, each having:

(a) a body having an upper surface with opposing side ramps, and opposing ends;

(b) at least one channel extending in parallel between the ends;

(c) end connectors on the ends for connecting the cable protectors in series with the channels in alignment with the channels of adjacent cable protectors; and

(d) at least one tool engagement feature accessible on the upper surface; and

a tool for removably engaging the tool engagement feature of a cable protector, said tool extending upward from the tool engagement feature to enable an upward force on the tool to be exerted on the cable protector to thereby disengage the end connectors from an adjacent cable protector.

2. The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature is adjacent to an end connector.

3. The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature comprises: an opening in the upper surface of the cable protector extending downward into the body of the cable protector; and

an undercut extending horizontally from the opening within the body beneath the upper surface of the cable protector.

4. The system of claim 3 wherein the tool further comprises a vertical member having a lower end insertable into the opening with a horizontal protrusion extending from the lower end of the vertical member for removably engaging the undercut.

5. The system of claim 3 wherein the end connectors comprise complementary sets of male and female end connectors on adjacent cable protectors, and the tool engagement feature is on a male end connector.

6. The system of claim 3 wherein the end connectors comprise complementary sets of male and female end connectors on adjacent cable protectors, and wherein the opening is a channel extending downward along the perimeter of a male end connector and the undercut extends into the body of an adjacent cable protector adjacent to a female end connector.

7. The system of claim 3 wherein the end connectors comprise complementary sets of male and female end connectors on adjacent cable protectors, and wherein the opening is a channel extending downward along the perimeter of a female end connector and the undercut extends into a male end connector of an adjacent cable protector.

8. The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature comprises a hook secured to the body of the cable protector.

9. The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature comprises a raised feature on the upper surface of the cable protector.

10. The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature comprises a threaded insert extending into the upper surface of the cable protector.

1 . The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature comprises a side cut in the side ramp of the cable protector.

12. The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature comprises an opening in the upper surface of the cable protector, and the tool comprises a lower end for removably engaging the opening by a friction fit.

3. The system of claim 1 wherein the tool engagement feature comprises an opening in the upper surface of the cable protector with a pin extending across the opening for removably engaging the tool.

14. A system for disconnecting a series of modular cable protectors, said system comprising:

a plurality of modular cable protectors, each having:

(a) a body having an upper surface with opposing side ramps, and opposing ends;

(b) at least one channel extending in parallel between the ends;

(c) end connectors on the ends for connecting the cable protectors in series with the channels in alignment with the channels of adjacent cable protectors; and

(d) at least one tool engagement feature, each having an opening extending downward through the upper surface of the cable protector with an undercut extending horizontally from the opening within the body beneath the upper surface of the cable protector; and

a tool for removably engaging the tool engagement feature of a cable protector, said tool having a vertical member with a lower end insertable into the opening with a horizontal protrusion extending from the lower end of the vertical member for removably engaging the undercut to enable an upward force on the tool to be exerted on the cable protector and thereby disengage the end connectors from an adjacent cable protector.

15. The system of claim 14 wherein the tool engagement feature is adjacent to an end connector.

16. The system of claim 14 wherein the end connectors comprise complementary sets of male and female end connectors on adjacent cable protectors, and the tool engagement feature is on a male end connector.

17. The system of claim 14 wherein the end connectors comprise complementary sets of male and female end connectors on adjacent cable protectors, and wherein the opening is a channel extending downward along the perimeter of a male end connector and the undercut extends into the body of an adjacent cable protector adjacent to a female end connector.

18. The system of claim 14 wherein the end connectors comprise complementary sets of male and female end connectors on adjacent cable protectors, and wherein the opening is a channel extending downward along the perimeter of a female end connector and the undercut extends into a male end connector of an adjacent cable protector.

19. A modular cable protector comprising:

a body having an upper surface with opposing side ramps, and opposing first and second ends;

at least one channel extending in parallel between the ends;

complementary sets of end connectors on the ends for connecting a plurality of like cable protectors in series with the channels in alignment with the channels of adjacent cable protectors; and

a vertical channel extending downward from the upper surface along the first end; and

an undercut extending horizontally into the second end beneath the upper surface and in alignment with the vertical channel of an adjacent like cable protector when the cable protector is connected in series with an adjacent like cable protector.

20. The modular cable protector of claim 19 wherein the vertical channel comprises a slot extending into an end connector on the first end, and the undercut extends into the body of the cable protector adjacent to the complementary end connector on the second end.