The IOSH "Quick Hitch" Survey
The results of the recent IOSH Quick
Hitch Survey are now available and although this was a
relatively small study, some interesting information has been
gathered. As Chair of the Construction Group, I would like to thank
the 163 members who took part, the members of the Construction
Group committee who helped to organise it and the IOSH staff who
produced the report.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, a quick hitch
(QH) on an excavator is a 'latching device' that enables
attachments to be connected to the dipper arm of the plant and
inter-changed quickly. There are three main types on the market
–manual, semi-automatic and automatic.
Following four fatal accidents, all involving semi-automatic
quick hitches (QHs) between December 2006 and November 2007,
the European manufacturers voluntarily agreed to cease supply into
the UK from October 2008. Early in 2010, the Construction
Plant-hire Association issued a best practice guide
'Safe use of Quick Hitches on Excavators aimed at those who
own, supply or control operation of QHs on excavators.
In October 2010, the IOSH Construction Group Committee sought to
gather information from Group members about the uptake of this
Guidance and current QH practice in the UK construction sector.
This on-line survey was undertaken in order to share the
information with other interested parties, to improve
intelligence about QH usage and management and promote
Construction Group Chair and Vice President
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