Don’t Skip on the Safety- 3 Common Sense Tips for Staying Safe around Skips

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and de-clutter your house with the help of a skip. You mightn’t think that using a skip is a dangerous activity, but there are some safety guidelines which should be adhered to.

All commercial companies that deal with skips are governed by rules and regulations in regards to health and safety around skips, whereas domestic customers aren’t, and are expected to use common sense when using a skip.

As leading providers of skip hire in Falkirk, we want all our customers to be able to the enjoy the benefits of their skip in a safe and risk free way.

Load It Responsibly

When loading a skip, it’s advisable to know how to effectively load all your items into it while keeping it completely safe to move at a later date.

Heavier bulky items should be loaded in the bottom of the skip first, ensuring that they won’t slip off the top and fall onto someone and severely injure them. The smaller items should be piled on top so that they can fill the rest of the skip naturally.

When trying to load the heavier items, make sure you are able to lift them adequately without damaging your back. Have someone help you lift it if you are finding the item difficult to move.

Don’t Overfill the Skip

This ties in nicely with the point we have just mentioned above. Know your skip’s limits and don’t attempt to fit “just one more” item in if it’s going to overfill it. The contents of the skip shouldn’t be any higher than the sides of the skip.

Overfilling the skip increases the risk of items falling off and the potential for causing injury is a lot greater. If you think you may need a bigger skip for your waste, get in touch with your skip provider and they should be able to advise you on what size skip is best for your needs.

Consider the Public

If your skip is going to be located on public property such as the road or the footpath outside your house, be sure that your skip provider knows. Some areas may require extra safety equipment, such as hazard lights on the side to alert pedestrians or traffic to the skips presence, or even a permit to allow the skip to be placed on public property.

Make sure that the ground that the skip is to be placed on is flat and stable and free of any obstructions, as this makes the loading of the skip a lot safer for everyone involved.

We hope that we have been able to raise awareness of how to use a skip safely. Most of the points are common sense and should already be considered when looking in to hiring a skip.

When you hire a skip from Buchanan Skip Hire, you can be assured that you will get the best quality service in the area. With our years of experience, we can help you safely and effectively use your skip to its full potential. Whether you are unsure of what size you require, or want to know more about how our skip hire can benefit you, don’t delay in getting in contact with us by calling 01506 411141 today.



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