Month: February 2022

Skip Bin Safety Tips

Renting a skip bin is great for all sorts of projects, from house and garage clean-ups to construction and renovations. While the delivery and pick-up of your rental skip bin will be handled by professionals, you will be left alone with the skip bin during the rental period and the hazards that come with it. It’s essential to properly use a skip bin so you can keep yourself and your family safe. Here are some of our top skip bin safety tips.

Overfilled skip bin in public space

Keep Unauthorised People Away

Keep people who are not directly involved away from the work area, including setting up an exclusion zone around the skip when loading or unloading.

For the safety of those taking out the rubbish, it’s vital to have unobstructed access to the skip bin. This also means making sure no tripping hazards are surrounding your bin, so check the area a couple of times a day. Fewer people around the bin means less chance of any accidents happening.

Animal Safety

Ensure that rodents, birds, animals, and other pests are not getting into or living in your skip. If there is a pest infestation, don’t remove animals or pests. Instead, call your local Animal Control. The same goes for the animals you do want around! Stop your pets from entering the area around your skip, as they could get hurt if they touch hazardous material.

Keep Children Away

Never allow children to play around or inside a skip bin for any reason. We can’t stress this enough! When your rental skip bin arrives, tell your kids that it’s not a plaything. The rubbish inside a skip bin may have nails or sharp edges that could harm the kids and large objects can fall causing serious potential harm.

Rubbish Compression Mistakes

Never move or compress rubbish with your hands, feet, or body. There could be hidden nails or sharp objects. Ouch! Instead, plan out the location of the rubbish you are putting inside the skip ahead of time. Large items should go at the bottom with smaller items filling in the gaps. Spread it out evenly across the bin so that there is no lopsided weight distribution when the skip gets picked up.

Keep Weather in-mind

Keep an eye on the weather and be cautious on bad weather days. During a storm, light and medium weight objects could be swept away onto neighbouring properties or even directly into the side of your home causing massive damage. Secure any lightweight items if you see the weather picking up to prevent them from flying out.

No Fire!

Don’t burn rubbish in the skip. A fire in a skip will permanently damage a skip bin, spread to nearby houses, and potentially hurt people — and you’ll be held responsible. If there is a fire in the skip, call the fire service immediately and keep your family, neighbours, and members of the public as far away from the blaze as possible.

Clear Access Ways

Another home renovation safety tip! When it’s time to have your skip bin collected, ensure that the access to the skip is clear. No vehicles should be blocking the skip bin, as this can cause unwanted collisions. In addition, make sure any security gates or fences are unlocked so that the delivery driver has a clear access.

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How to Load Your Skip Bin

How do you get the most out of your skip bin hire? Loading your rubbish into a skip bin can be challenging. Depending on the size of the skip bin, it can be tricky to get items, particularly heavy or bulky items, into the skip. Nobody wants an injury using a skip, so read our easy steps on how to fill a skip bin to get the most for your money and keep everyone safe.

Rubbish stacked to be put in a skip bin

Fill evenly left-to-right

When a skip bin is not balanced, it can become challenging and, in some cases, dangerous to lift and transport as the load will be more prone to tipping or breaking lifting equipment. If you fill a heavy item on one side, offset the item weight on the opposing side to help with weight distribution. With the contents evenly spread across the bin, your skip delivery driver will have a much easier time loading and unloading the skip.

Large items first

Be strategic on what items you load into your skip bin first. If you load larger items first, you will have a better idea of the remaining space to add smaller items. It will also prevent the skip bin from being too top-heavy, as this can make the skip more prone to tipping during the moving process. Smaller items can be added as ‘fillers’ between larger items, letting you fit more into the skip bin.

Fill in the gaps

Space is of the essence! While you are filling the skip bin, look for empty spots. If you just toss things in randomly, there’s going to be a lot of wasted space. Plus, it’s going to be very hard to shift rubbish around to get to any empty spaces if you reach the total capacity of your skip bin hire.

Break rubbish down into smaller pieces

If you can’t find space for items in their existing form factors, then look at how easy it is to break down the rubbish you are throwing into the skip bin. You will be able to fit more into the skip bin if you can break things down into smaller parts so that they can fill in the gaps.

Flatten and squash boxes

If you are throwing out boxes, you also want to flatten them before disposing of them in the skip. Un-flattened boxes take up a tremendous amount of skip bin space. Taking just a few minutes to break down your boxes can save a tremendous amount of space.

Do not overfill your skip bin

It might be tempting to keep piling things onto a full skip bin if you find you are running out of skip space. But those items are not going to stay in place while we are transporting the skip bin and can get loose, posing a danger to people while they are loading or transporting. Instead, make sure you get a skip bin that meets your disposal capacity needs with Bookabin’s skip bin size chart, saving you the time and money of having to source a second skip.

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