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Stay Safe Around Skips – It’s All About Common Sense

By 3 February 2022No Comments

Stay Safe Around Skips – It’s All About Common Sense

It might seem a relatively harmless task placing waste into a skip but there are some risks to consider. Therefore, you should look to do everything possible to remain safe when using a skip as this will help to keep the risk of personal injury low.

So, when you choose to hire a skip, you should look to use an element of common sense alongside a number of precautions to make sure that you remain safe when using a skip.

Preparation is Key

Hiring a skip is not just a case of placing it in any position that you want to because some element of thought has to go into the process. This means that you should prepare for the delivery of your skip to ensure that it can be delivered safely. It’s quite common for people to not prepare and that leads to issues but they can be avoided with ease. Sure, preparation isn’t too detailed but you’ll need to make sure that the surface is secure and stable and free of any obstructions.

If the ground is not suitable, it could mean that the skip is unstable and that can pose problems once you begin filling it with waste. 

Delivery Of Your Skip

When it comes to having your skip delivered, your driver will need to know where you want it placed. So, you will need to provide clear instructions as this will ensure the skip is placed in a suitable location. So, clear the area of any obstructions and ensure you ask neighbours to remove their cars as well as this will help to reduce the risk of damage to their vehicles. From rocks to rubbish bins and even children, you have to make sure that the area is completely clear. 

It is all too easy to turn your back and assume that everything is safe when a child or even a pet could quite easily find themselves in danger. 

Consider Hazardous Waste

You might think that anything and everything can go into your skip but this is not the case. There are limitations and restrictions on what you can place in your skip and it helps to understand this before you hire your skip and begin filling it. 

There are many different items that are considered to be hazardous and they will all come with their own guidelines. There are certain items that cannot go into a skip such as white goods which includes fridges and freezers as well as batteries, plasterboard and even gas cylinders. If you do place these in a skip they could become a health and safety hazard to others as they could fall or even explode. 

If you have materials like this to dispose of, it can help to speak with your skip hire company to determine what you should do with them.

However, when it comes to safety and skips, a little common sense and planning goes a long way. This will ensure that you can hire a skip safely and use it for what it is intended for.