One of the main health and safety rules of skip hire is to maintain a level load with the top of the skip – DO NOT overload your skip! As tempting as it may be to avoid hiring that extra skip, it poses danger for the public when being loaded, the skip driver when loading it on to the truck, the truck itself and other road users when transporting it back to the transfer station.
Below are some classic examples of how not to load your skip.
I admire the balancing ability of this customer with their overloaded skip, unless they were just looking for an alternative location to watch their TV from?! It is important you let us know any details of ‘abnormal’ loads going into the skip, this way we can advise on how best for you to dispose of particular items, such as the sofa and mattresses.
Just because you have eight extra bits of waste to go on the skip, doesn’t mean they will fit, no matter how neat you stack the load! Mattresses have a separate charge for disposal, contact us to find out more.
You may think that building ‘walls’ to increase the height of the skip will let you off from having an overloaded skip, think again. This will have implications for the skip truck collecting the skip, let alone the not very safe loading of the skip. If you need a bigger / extra skip, simply ask for one. You only have space for one skip? No worries, when one is full, give us a call and we can exchange it for you.
The ‘can’t be bothered to cut the tree up’ skip
We came to a shocker with this overloaded skip, pretty much a whole tree in a skip! Whilst the skip may not be that heavy, getting the chains on the skip to lift it on the truck and getting the net over will prove tricky! If you’ve gone to the effort of cutting the tree down, go the extra length to get the skip on the truck and make sure it securely all fits in the skip.
When looking at this picture, please pay attention to the chicken coop that’s perched (no pun intended) on top of the furthest skip! You may have ordered more than 1 skip, but your loads still need to be level. That may mean ordering that extra skip for the extra waste you hadn’t planned on, or better loading of the skips which you have on site. Here is our guide on ‘How to Load a Skip’.
I think the least said about this overloaded skip, the better!
If you’re unsure about any waste which you want to put in your skip, or unsure on what is classed as a level load (in line with the top of the skip) please contact us on 01845 523 131 or email email@example.com and we will be more than happy to advise.