Skip Bin Safety Tips

Whether you are in charge of waste disposal at a large construction site or you are renovating your home and wish to dispose of all the rubbish you produce in a responsible manner, skip bins are the obvious solution. However, there are a few safety considerations you should think about before you order your skip bins, the most important of which we have outlined below. Whether you take advantage of our competitively priced skip bin hire in Perth or you use another local firm, following the tips we have provided in this guide will ensure that you are able to use each skip safely and efficiently.

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Top Safety Tips for Skip Bin Hire Perth Customers

Follow the advice in the list below and you will be able to use each skip’s capacity efficiently, without endangering yourself or anybody else in the process.


  • Prepare the Location


Skip bin safety starts before your skip is delivered: it is important to choose a location on your site where the ground is level and completely stable. Muddy areas – where fully loaded skips could easily sink into the ground – should be avoided for obvious reasons, as should any areas where there is a gradient or a bumpy surface. You should also consider access to the skip once it is in position. Make sure that it is placed in such a way as to make loading it a simple process, without any risks to the safety of site personnel. Do not have your skip positioned under trees with overhanging branches, near to power cables, on ground that is likely to be slippery underfoot in wet conditions, or anywhere else that could make the task of loading it with waste materials dangerous or unnecessarily difficult.

If you are planning to leave your skip on a public highway, you will need to think about local traffic and position it in a location that minimises any risk of collisions. Safety lighting and warning signs should be used where appropriate and you should, of course, apply for a permit from the local council before your skip is delivered.


  • Supervise the Delivery


Make sure you are on site when your skip is due to be delivered so that you can address any issues that may arise and provide the driver of the truck with simple instructions that enable him to position the skip in the right place quickly and easily. Before the skip arrives, make sure that the route to the proposed location is clear of any obstructions and that everybody is aware of the time the truck is expected on site.

You should make absolutely sure that the skip is in the right location before the driver leaves because it will be too heavy for you to move on your own without proper lifting equipment. Even if you do have the necessary equipment, you could endanger property and personnel if you are not qualified to use it so make sure the driver positions it correctly before he or she leaves your site.


  • Load the Skip Properly


The correct way to load a skip bin is to place the largest, heaviest objects you wish to dispose of at the bottom and smaller, lighter objects on top. You should also try to ensure that the weight of the load is distributed evenly across the skip bin, to minimise the possibility of it tipping  to one side when it is lifted onto a truck to be taken away. Never attempt to make more room by jumping in the skip and standing or stamping on loose rubbish to compress it: you could easily cut your feet or legs on hidden sharp objects. You should only load your skip bin to the top and no further because loose materials on top could easily slip off and pose a hazard to other traffic on the road.

If you have more waste than will safely fit in the skip bin that you have ordered, call your supplier and ask them to collect it once it is full and bring you another empty one. Overfilling the skip that you already have is never a good idea because it is illegal for skip bin hire firms to move overfilled bins.


  • Never Place Hazardous Waste in Your Skip Bins


General construction and household waste can safely be disposed of in standard skip bins but hazardous materials such as asbestos, flammable liquids and unsealed paint cans should never be disposed of in this way. If you have any hazardous materials or objects that you wish to dispose of, you should speak to your skip bin provider to see if they offer a specialist collection service for such waste matter. If you put hazardous waste into a standard skip bin, your supplier will almost certainly refuse to take it away.

Hazardous materials and items that should never be placed in skip bins include refrigerators, old batteries, gas cylinders, solvents, explosive substances and oil. If you are in any doubt as to whether the waste matter you wish to dispose of is classed as hazardous or not, please consult your skip bin supplier rather than taking a chance. A reputable supplier will be more than happy to provide you with the help and guidance that you need and should be able to suggest a hazardous waste specialist who can help you if they are not able to deal with the waste matter themselves. Items such as old computers and white goods can be taken to recycling centres located across the city.

If you would like to find out more about our skip bin hire in Perth and what kind of waste materials we can dispose of on your behalf, please do not hesitate to call during business hours to speak to a member of our team or to send us an email whenever you wish. We provide a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible waste disposal service to companies and individuals in all parts of Perth and the surrounding area.

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