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How to Stay Safe When Hiring a Skip

By 23 July 2020October 13th, 2022No Comments
Safely Using Skips

How to Stay Safe When Hiring a Skip

Skips are a very useful tool when undertaking a project that generates larger quantities of rubbish than is worth taking to the waste disposal center. However, due to the types of waste being put into skips and the industry we do have to keep everyone in and around Southampton that are involved with our skips safe. Safety is our top priority and that’s why we’ve put together some safety tips for you to read. 

Loading Responsibly and Not Overfilling

When you hire a skip it is always best to make sure you’re loading it effectively, not just to make the most for your money, but to ensure people’s safety. As best as you can, we advise that you start by loading the heavy, bulky items in the skip first and then put the smaller items on top. By ensuring the waste gets deposited in the skips this way round, it also contributes to the safe removal of your skips from your property. Furthermore, not only can you fit more into your skip, it always means there’s more chance of keeping the skip from overflowing. 

Loading your skip above the fill line (the brim), can be very dangerous for the removers and all people involved in your skip. If you load it higher than it should be, the skips can also become immovable which is a pain for everyone involved. 

Using a Helping Hand

Many items that you may wish to place into your skip can be heavier than once thought. These include such items as wardrobes, sofas, desk, etc. This is why we advise you to find a helping hand when moving the heavy items so you don’t hurt yourself. 

Considering Other’s Safety 

If your skip is placed in the way of others, such as on a shared drive or on the road, then there needs to be some safety measures that are taken into consideration. Before choosing where to place your skip, you need to make sure you have a found a flat surface. This way it ensures the skip won’t tip over and be a risk to yourself and others. Also, if you’re looking to put your skip on the side of the road you will need a permit issued by the local authority. 

Waste Restrictions

Lastly, you just need to be careful as to what you’re putting in your skips. There are some waste restrictions as there are some items that can be hazardous and put people at risk. So you don’t have to go find out what items are risky or not, we put together a quick simple guide here. By following these guidelines it ensures everyone is kept safe from harm, including yourself.