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    PLANT HIRE FIRM MOVE ON EXCAVATOR SAFETY

    Excavator fleet quick hitches become fully-automatic for hire firm

    P J Carey Plant Hire has decided to replace all their semi-automatic excavator couplers with the fully automatic models from Hill Engineering.  Carey believe that adopting this approach will “safeguard site personnel and actively demonstrate a firm commitment to enhancing safety on all their sites.”

    Sean O’Donnell, Director said: “As a responsible plant hire company we are completely driven by safety and we were determined to find an effective solution to the semi-automatic quick coupler problem, and therefore made the decision to change all our hydraulic quick couplers to fully automatic models.” He added: “I am confident that we have dealt with the serious issue of operator safety in a timely and effective manner”

    Comment: HSE has published guidance on excavator semi-automatic quick hitches and we have produced a checklist based on that guidance to help assess compliance and action required where semi-automatic hitches are used.

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