Health and Safety Downloads: Safe Use of Quick Hitches on Excavators
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Safe Use of Quick Hitches on Excavators.
Every year, the construction industry is responsible for causing deaths and serious
injury. The industry has done much to improve its performance which I welcome,
but there is still room for improvement. Our industry is innovative and is constantly
evolving new equipment and processes to increase efficiency. This has consequences
for site management who must ensure that operators are competent, capable of
operating equipment safely and are following safe working procedures.
A quick hitch (also known as a quick coupler) saves time and makes an excavator a far
more versatile piece of construction equipment. When used safely, quick hitches
reduce the risk of injuries through manual handling and crushing during the bucket
changing process, whilst also giving benefits in improved productivity.