Quick Hitch


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that 13% of all excavtor accidents are attributed to buckets become detached from quick hitches. Detached excavator buckets were responsible for the deaths of 4 construction workers in 2007.


All excavator operators who use quick hitch attachment systems and have no previous training or refresh training on up to date methods of changing attachments.


quick-hitchOn completion of the course, the excavator operator will have a basic theory understanding of how to change a manual, semi automatic and fully automatic quick hitch attaching system, and carry out a basic theory assessment.
Depending what quick hitches are available on site or at our purpose built CPCS training ground, a practical demonstration and then individual assessments will be carried out.


  • What is quick hitch
  • Accident percentages
  • Types of quick hitch
  • Manual quick hitch
  • Semi Automatic
  • Fully Automatic
  • Quick hitch manual
  • Hitching Systems
  • Safety Issues
  • Safe Working Load (SWL) Lifting Eye
  • HSE Inpsectors
  • Inspections
  • Quick Hitch Cab Controls, Decals
  • Operators Knowledge
  • Safety Procedures
  • HSE Recommendations
  • Training session involving all candidates
  • Pres-start inspection
  • Recording Defects
  • Reporting Defects
  • Changing Attachments
  • Manual Quick Hitch (if available or on site discussion
  • Semi Automatic Hitch (if available or on site discussion
  • Fully Automatic Hitch (if available or on site discussion
  • Secure Procedures


Approximately 4 Hours