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7 Common Sense Skip Hire Safety Tips
Before the skip arrives, prepare.
Before your skip is delivered you need to consider where the skip will be located. It needs to be positioned on a flat and stable surface in an area that is free from obstructions. This will firstly make it easier to load your rubbish into the skip but will also avoid causing injury or damage to other people.
Consider Public Safety
If the skip is to be located on a public road make sure you notify us as the skip may require safety equipment and a permit. Able Skips will make sure these are arranged for you.
Delivery of skip
On the day of delivery give clear instructions to the driver regarding where the skip should be positioned. Make sure this area is clear from any obstructions and that no people, pets or children are in the vicinity.
Once the skip has been delivered don’t attempt to move the skip. They are very heavy and doing so could risk injury or damage your property and the skip.
Load the Skip Responsibly
When loading a skip it is best to load bigger and heavier items first with lighter items on top. Smaller items or materials like soil will naturally fill the spaces in and around these larger items and it is a more efficient way of filling the skip.
Pay attention to the way you load heavy items to avoid injury to your back. If possible, get an extra pair of hands to help with loading bulky items. Keep your back straight, bend your knees and lift with your legs. Back injuries are no laughing matter so pay attention to the way you load items.
Do Not Overfill
We have spoken about this before. Overfilling of a skip can be dangerous and it is against the law for a skip company to move an overfilled skip. The contents of a skip shouldn’t be filled past the top of the skip sides.
If you think you may have a lot of waste to dispose of it is always better to order a larger more commercial sized skip than one that is to small. The cost may be more but you avoid the risk of hiring twice and having to overfill a skip that is to small.
When it comes to hazardous waste and skips the simple rule is leave it out. Items that are considered hazardous will have their own set of rules and guidelines that govern their disposal. Some items such as asbestos will need specialist help to deal with their removal while other items such as batteries or fridges should be taken to a recycling centre to be disposed of.
Common items that Able Skips do not accept in our skips are refrigerators, freezers, tyres, asbestos roofing sheets, unsealed oil or paint cans. If you are in doubt we will be happy to advise you on the types of items that are considered hazardous.
Hopefully these guidelines will help keep you safe and provide some useful advice when hiring a skip in the future.