Skips come in a vast range of sizes, from the mini to the large. These big chunks of metal are perfect for getting rid of lots of domestic or commercial waste. However, if you are going to use a skip effectively, you need to know how to do it safely. It’s a good idea to do things carefully, using a considered approach when using yours!
Safety is always crucially important when you hire a skip, what’s more, it’s a big and heavy metal item, which only gets heavier when you fill it up. Businesses will often have health and safety rules in place for commercial skip hire, but what about domestic skip hire?
Prior to you hiring a skip, consider these important safety tips to make sure you use your skip correctly, and keep yourself and your loved ones free from any potential harm. Accidents involving skips are not common, but it is always better to be safe than it is to be sorry.
Firstly, you’ll want to decide where it is you want the skip to be placed. You’ll want the spot to be flat with stable, hard ground, skips are after all very heavy items. You may want to consider under-skip wooden battens to protect your driveway or floor tiles. The area must also need to be accessible for a skip lorry. Here we list a few key points for consideration:
Deter from placing your skip under trees or bushes if possible, to reduce fire hazards.
Clear your chosen area of any rubbish or other obstacles.
If your skip won’t fit on your private property, it will need to be placed on a public road. In this case, you will require a skip licence and possibly safety equipment. Just let us know beforehand.
Consider if you need an enclosed skip for protecting the contents, or a drop-down skip for easier access when skipping heavy and fine waste such as soil or rubble.
Make sure the space is cleared of any pets that you own or young children as well as any other people, so the skip lorry can safely deliver your skip off to your home. Ensure that you give the driver clear direction on where they are going to be placing the skip. Once they have delivered it, please do not be tempted to move the skip once it has been placed down, if a problem arises with the placement, you need to get in touch with your skip hire firm regarding that. Moving it yourself could potentially cause damage to the skip or your property, or even worse, leave you with an injury you could have avoided.
Do not attempt to carry anything that is far too heavy or bulky – always get assistance when it’s needed. As well as this, remember to lift heavy items by bending your knees and keeping your back straight, to decrease the risk of injury. Be mindful not to trap your fingers when loading your skip. As far as possible, put heavier and bulkier items at the bottom of the skip, and lighter items on the top of the skip, this keeps the skip steady, and means there will be less chance of movement within the skip.
Be cautious when loading a heavy, sharp or broken item into the skip. Your neighbours or passers-by could be tempted to add items to your skip, please don’t allow this – they will take up precious space in your skip but in addition to this, they could be adding something hazardous. If you live in a populated area, cover up your skip overnight to lower the temptation for others to use it themselves. You can in some cases get secure, enclosed skips with locks if needs be. You must use common sense in regards to what you can and can’t put in a skip, and you don’t want to be placing any banned items in your skip – examples include batteries, tyres, and asbestos.
The removal of an overfilled skip on behalf of a skip hire company goes against the law with good reason and more significantly it is not safe. Don’t be tempted to overfill your skip past the top or sides as we won’t the skip hire company will not be able to remove it, and you will be charged extra for our team to remove the excess waste. Arrange for the skip to be collected as soon as it is full – this will rid any temptation for neighbours and also decrease the risk of fire hazards.
Don’t be tempted to light a fire in your skip to try to decrease the rubbish and make space for more rubbish. Skips are not made for fires to be burnt in them. Fire can damage the skip and the company would charge you for the cost of repairing, re-painting, or replacing the skip. The heat of the fire in the skip can also cause the surfacing underneath the skip or scorch or melt. You are also then going to be liable for the fee of fixing a public road or even your own driveway. Flammable items must not go into the skip either, with all the other waste materials, or anything else that could become toxic when it is burnt. Place the skip far away from buildings so that a fire would not be able to spread if you broke out in the skip due to accident or arson.
As previously mentioned, you are only permitted to dispose of general waste items in a skip, this includes garden waste. You are legally unable to put dangerous items into a skip. You can not try to hide such items amongst the rest of the waste, as they will be found when they sort through the contents of your skip after collecting it. It will also pose a big health and safety risk if they are sorting the waste by hand. Hazardous waste must be disposed of separately and appropriately. The skip hire company can tell you which items count as hazardous waste if you are not unsure. Get advice before you put anything into the skip to be on the safe side.
There are a few key safety factors which domestic skip users must be aware of, these safety regulations must be carried out, checking them is always recommended to keep you and those around you safe.
A contact name and phone number of the skip hire company should be clearly marked on the skip in case of an emergency.
Reflective markings must surround the edge of the skip.
Traffic cones must be used to guide the traffic around the skip.
Night time safety lamps should be used if the skip is being used at night.
Here at Paul Riddel Skips Ltd, as well as offering skip hire, disposal and collection services direct to your door at a time that suits you, we can also arrange for any council and road permits and Duty of Care audit trial included in your skip hire quote. With flexible quotes and a professional service to suit your home, business or construction requirements. We offer skip hire services in Horncastle and surrounding areas in North East Lincolnshire. From four yard mini skips up to mammoth 50 cubic yard skips, we can provide a whole range of projects regardless of whether it’s domestic, commercial or industrial.
As well as providing a standard skip hire and collection service, Paul Riddel Skips Ltd. are also able to offer hazardous waste services, scrap metal recycling and asbestos disposal services. For an extensive range of skip hire and waste solutions. Our qualified team is fully trained when it comes to dealing with hazardous or difficult waste and always offers a dismantling and demolition service. With preferential rates for soil and rubble, we aim for same day delivery wherever possible. Get in touch with us to find out more about the services we offer. We’d be happy to help!