Whether you’re clearing out a domestic property or managing debris removal on a large building site, there is one tool that you simply cannot do without – the skip. This sizable and sturdy container is designed to store waste during the clearance process which can then be delivered to a recycling facility or waste management location at a later date.
But as with anything relating to construction and manual work, it is important to take into account key safety considerations before you start clearing materials. A whole range of hazards could arise in association with your skip, where these should be reasonably managed at all times to protect yourself and your property.
Read on to find out more about how you can stay safe while using your skip.
Preparing Your Skip Location
This first safety tip for using your skip needs to be considered before your container even arrives on site. You will need to clear a large space for the skip to rest, free from obstructions and overhanging vegetation which could become hazardous when the skip is full. It is also important to rest your skip on stable and firm ground to avoid sinking.
Before you begin the loading process, you should be aware of the skip’s maximum capacity, both in terms of weight and dimensions. This can help to keep you and your team safe by avoiding toppling of materials or hazardous stacking, whilst keeping to the load limits also ensures your waste can be collected safely.
Load With Care
During the loading process you should take extra care when handling sharp or broken materials, where it is recommended to wear appropriate clothing such as protective gloves, sturdy footwear and long sleeves. Always lift with your knees and not your back, where you should ask for assistance for heavier items rather than straining.
Protect Your Skip
You need to protect your skip as well as yourself to ensure that everyone can complete the clearance task safely. If rain is forecast you should invest in a skip cover to avoid the corruption of your collected waste, whilst this kind of cover can also prevent passers by from adding their own waste to the skip, which can cause overloading.
If your skip is being kept on public land, particularly a road or highway, then you will need to ensure that you have a proper skip licence in place. You may also need to invest in additional safety equipment such as warning lights and signage to prevent roadside collisions.
Batesy Skip Hire: Taking Care Of All Your Waste Management Needs
At Batesy Skip Hire, we offer a wide range of skips for both domestic and commercial clients, where we can also recycle your waste at our local waste transfer station. Get in touch today to learn more about our skip hire services.