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    EXCAVATOR SAFETY STANDARDS

    Manufacturers agree to cease supply of semi-automatic quick hitches

    Following four fatal incidents in the twelve month period between December 2006 and November 2007, all involving semi automatic quick hitches, HSE has secured an agreement that manufacturers will cease supplying semi-automatic quick hitches from 1 October 2008. The agreement will mean that in the future when buying a quick hitch only manual or automatic quick hitches will be available.

    HSE has confirmed that “This does not mean that all semi automatic hitches will be illegal as of 1 October 2008. When used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions semi automatic quick hitches can still be used safely. Owners and users should still be able to order spare parts for current semi automatic hitches from manufacturers.”

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    2 Responses to “EXCAVATOR SAFETY STANDARDS”

    1. EXCAVATOR DEATH UPDATE | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] were three deaths related to excavator semi-automatic quick hitches in 2007 and these led to guidance from HSE on the use of existing machines and a manufacturer/supplier agreement not to supply such hitches […]

    2. EXCAVATOR QUICK HITCH UPDATE | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

      […] industry Plant Safety Group has brought industry experts together to discuss the use of excavator quick hitches. The meeting on 16th January 2009 was attended by nearly 50 people, including manufacturers, […]