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Staying Safe When Using Skips

Whether you are undertaking a large construction project or just clearing out the garden shed, you will most likely require skip hire from Staffordshire Skip Hire.

You may not think that being around a skip is dangerous but there are certain safety guidelines you need to follow.

While businesses have health and safety guidelines when using skips, domestic customers don’t and are expected to use their own common sense. As the leading provider of skip hire in Stoke on Trent, and the rest of Staffordshire, we want to ensure all of our customers are using skips safely. This is why we are sharing three essential safety tips when using skips.

Three Tips on Skip Safety

1. Load Your Skip Reasonably – It is important to load your skip intelligently, as this can result in being able to fit more waste into it. Although not easy, try to ensure heavier and bulkier items are put into the skip first improving the security of your skip. For smaller items, you will need to pile them on top, allowing the skip to fill up naturally. Do not attempt to lift those heavier items yourself, make sure you ask a friend or neighbour to give you a hand, to avoid risking a back injury.

2. Do Not Overfill! – Make sure you know your skip’s limitations. Overfilling your skip can be extremely dangerous. Excessive use will make your skip immovable. Remember, the contents of your skip should be no higher than the sides of the skip itself.

3. Watch Out for Members of the Public – If your skip is placed in your street rather than on private property, you will need to ensure that the ground it is based on is flat, stable and free of obstructions. This will make loading and movement of your skip much safer for everyone. In some areas, you could need additional safety equipment such as hazard lights to alert pedestrians or traffic to the skip’s presence. Remember, a temporary permit will be required to allow your skip to be placed on public property.

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If you would like to find out more about our skip hire in Stoke on Trent services, please contact us today.