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Mineral Mines & Quarries Inspectorate | Alert | No.398 V 1 | 08 October 2021

Safe use of quick hitches on excavators

What happened?

A worker was seriously injured while performing maintenance work on the bucket of a 30-tonne excavator. The bucket suddenly detached from its quick hitch, swinging about 1.5 metres before it fell to the ground. The worker was knocked over by the bucket, hitting their head on the concrete floor and sustaining a crush injury to their leg.

How did it happen?

The incident is under investigation, however the preliminary finding are:

Key issues

The following key issues have been identified:

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and further issues may be identified and communicated.


All mine operators and site senior executives should:

In all circumstances, workers should:

Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.

References and further information

Authorised by Hermann Fasching - Chief Inspector – Mineral Mines & Quarries

Contact: Jon Smith, Inspector of Mines , +61 7 3330 4251

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is a guide only and is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.
Placement: Place this announcement on noticeboards and ensure all relevant people in your organisation receive a copy.

All information on this page (Safe use of quick hitches on excavators - is correct as of time of printing (25 Oct 2021 1:46 pm).