The ECS system is an external alarm that activates when a machine operator releases the bucket from the quick hitch and is deactivated once the bucket it reattached. It warns surrounding site personnel to keep clear of the machine.
Lynch is co-operating with Hill on developing the system in field trials, with customer including Bam Nuttall, Skanska and Crossrail.
Lynch is also using Hill’s new Tefra coupler, which uses a positive locking system for excavator attachments rather than a gravity locking system, making the crucial safety feature active rather than passive.
“When the dual locking quick hitch system was introduced we investigated what products were available on the market, after looking at other manufacturers, we chose to work with Hill Engineering,” said Merrill Lynch, operations director at Lynch Plant Hire. “Hill’s range of quick couplers were tried and tested and were what we believed to be the safest and best-engineered quick hitch available. Hill is a pioneering and forward thinking company and continues to improve its products year on year – always ahead of the game in terms of innovation and technology.”
Mr Lynch added: “We believe that Hill’s Tefra next generation quick hitches are the safest on the market today and definitely the first choice for Lynch Plant.”