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All the safety tips that you need to look into when hiring a skip

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Be safe first and foremost

Before and after hiring a skip you need to make sure that first and foremost you keep in mind all the safety and security measures that can make sure nobody gets hurt and nothing gets damaged on the job. It is important that you do some research before hiring a skip as there is much to think about when it comes to disposing of different types of materials and objects. There are regulations that you need to follow and you need to make sure that you ask your provider if you are in any doubt. Nothing should be taken for granted in this situation, the right procedure can determine whether your project is a success.

Ordering the right type of skip

If you do not order the right skip, especially when it comes to size, you will risk having items falling off and either hurting someone or being a hazard for oncoming traffic. When you are going to hire a skip you need to make sure that you know exactly what you will be disposing of so that when you make your call, you will know exactly what size you will need. You cannot fill up your skip too much, the only solution would be to order another skip and that would be a waste of time and money.

Placement is everything

Placement has to be taken care of before you even book the skip. It is crucial to make sure you know what kind of space you have and what kind of space you can actually use. The first thing that needs to be done is to contact either your provider or people in charge so that you know all regulations that you need to follow and if there is a need for a permit or not. Then you will know whether you can take up the space needed and whether or not you should close the road for safety or not.

Be responsible when loading a skip

Whether you have workers on the job or you are the one disposing of the items from your premises, you need to make sure that while loading the skip you are being safe so as to not endanger those that are currently near it. In order to be really responsible you need to also know the list of items that you should not be disposing of in a skip. This is very important as by law these items should be disposed of separately and if not could prove to be of a hazard. Items such as:

  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Tyres
  • Liquids
  • Oil
  • Electronics
  • Medical waste
  • Garden waste
  • Plasterboards
  • Batteries
  • Gas cylinders
  • Solvents
  • Explosives
  • Asbestos
  • Paint (not even paint tins) and more.

You might think that hiding these items in the midst of all the rubble will do the trick but you would be wrong. They will find these items when they sift through the waste and they will find it regardless of how well you tried to hide it. It is important to make sure safety is not taken for granted in these cases, it could make all the difference. 

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