NSW Quick Hitch Position
NSW QUICK HITCH POSITION PAPER – REVISED NOVEMBER 2015
NSW released a revised position paper covering supply, installation and use of quick hitches.
In early 2014 WorkCover NSW (now SafeWork NSW) released a position paper covering the supply, installation and use of semi-automatic quick hitches on excavators and backhoes.
In June of that year, we published an explanatory article in our newsletter, which also outlined the initial stance of other Australian regulators on the NSW position paper.
Recently, SafeWork released a revised position paper, expanding on and clarifying its position on the range of quick hitches available.
There are two key changes in this latest position paper:
- The existing deadline on the supply and installation of semi automatic quick hitches remains 30 April 2014, however semi-automatic hitches installed before 30 April 2014 can only be used until 31 December 2022
- Fully automatic hitches that allow the attachment to swing if the primary retention device fails cannot be supplied or installed after 31 December 2015. Fully automatic hitches that allow swinging installed before 31 December 2015 can only be used until 31 December 2022
Manual hitches and fully automatic hitches complying with AS4772 that do not allow the attachment to swing if the primary retention device fails can be supplied, installed and used as per the manufacturers instructions at anytime.
Plant Assessor assessment questions on machines that use quick hitches will be updated to apply these specific requirements on 1 January 2016.
Summary of SafeWork NSW’s revised position on quick hitches Plant