Monday, October 6, 2008

Lawson Demolition insists on the best quick hitch advice

Lawson Demolition is working closely with quick hitch manufacturer, Finning UK, to ensure all their plant operators and fitters adhere to Finning's own safety recommendations.

Since 1st October 2008, manufacturers of many quick hitch attachments have found that their products no longer meet design and safety standards. Investigation into a series of fatal accidents revealed that of the quick hitch designs (manual, automatic and semi-automatic) the semi-automatic was responsible for most accidents. This has prompted a ban on the import of semi-automatic quick hitches into the UK, although they will still be available second hand or for hire.

Lawson Demolition believes in rigorous training for its operators and is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Finning UK. Finning has developed its own assessment and certification, covering familiarisation with and awareness of all aspects of quick hitch use and pre-useage.

Martin Wilson, MD of Lawson Demolition, welcomes HSE's review and the implementation of the new legislation: 'Safety on site is paramount. Greater plant automation means less risk and less chance of human error. Our plant operatives already have excellent quick hitch safety awareness, but working to a manufacturer's own safety guidelines has helped cement that awareness even further.'