Quick Hitch Training

Quick couplers (also called quick hitches) are used with construction machines to allow the rapid change of buckets and attachments on the machine. They remove the need to use hammers to manually drive out and insert the mounting pins for attachments.

There are additional safety risks that must be overcome by careful design and manufacture, and proper use.

Quick hitch training:

Quick hitch training covers all aspects of how to inspect, use and change quick hitch couplers safely. Our quick hitch training course provides candidates with the knowledge and skills to understand their legal requirements and enable them to use a quick hitch safely follow the procedures when operating the equipment in the workplace.

After completion of a quick hitch training course; candidates can complete an assessment in quick hitch operation. All candidates will be trained and tested by one of our fully accredited, expert quick hitch training instructors.

A quick hitch training course is a half-day course.

Mon-Fri | 08.30am - 16.30pm

Types of Quick Hitch

Manual

Manual operation is usually the use of a bar to release the coupler and a locking pin, the operator must leave the operator’s cab and go to the end of the boom/lift arms and release the bucket or attachment, and the same in order to attach the bucket or attachment to be used.

Semi-Automatic

With this type of hydraulic system, the machine is used to operate the main attachment mechanism but the manual operation of a safety device necessary on the coupler to ensure that the bucket or attachment is safely locked onto the coupler.

The safety device most common is a pin that is inserted to prevent one of the components in the quick coupler moving to release the bucket or attachment, most designs require manual operation of a lever/pin on the quick coupler.

Automatic

Automatic quick hitch operates from the hydraulic system of the machine which operates the main attachment mechanism has an internal safety device.

As with semi-automatic systems, the safety device is designed to prevent the release of the bucket or attachment in the event of a failure of the hydraulic system.

Delegates

Quick hitch training courses are designed mainly for operatives and supervisors who are assigned responsibility to operate/supervise quick hitch couplers on site.

Course Content

There is no substitute for thorough practical quick hitch training in all aspects of using a quick hitch coupler. The Industrial Training Services quick hitch training course covers the following:

½ day quick hitch training course content:

  • Provides a brief outline of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1998
  • (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • The correct use of PPE
  • Types of quick hitch coupler
  • Hazards arising from use of quick hitch coupler
  • Basic operating techniques
  • Safety Pins/locking systems
  • Safe use of the machines and equipment
  • Question papers with feedback from course delegates
  • Practical exercise to include all elements of the above on the quick hitch coupler

Course Outcome

By the end a quick hitch training course; candidates should be able to:

  • Understand the main point of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992
  • Understand the correct use of PPE
  • Know different types of quick hitch coupler
  • Identify hazards arising from use of quick hitch coupler
  • Demonstrate basic operating techniques
  • Use safety Pins/locking systems
  • Safely use the machines and equipment
  • Answer questions on safety and the safe use of quick hitch coupler

At the end of the quick hitch training course, the candidate should be able to achieve the required standards of the theory and practical test. If the candidate completes the quick hitch training course and he/she will be awarded a quick hitch training certificate of basic training.

Legality

A quick hitch training course covers the following legislation:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
(PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
(PPE) Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992

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