Skip is used to collect waste for evacuation and disposal. Most times, people may want to overfill the skip when they are using it in their location. When this happens, it looks as if the person wants to save money. In the real sense, the person may likely lose money.
However, overloading the skip can be dangerous and costly. In some places, it can be illegal to do so.
In this post, you’ll learn why you shouldn’t overload your skip.
1. It will cause harm and damage to persons.
When you overload a skip, it puts you at risk. Not just you, the passers-by and the road users may be hurt when an item falls off the skip.
If the skip is in transit and overfilled, the debris can fall out and land on someone and hurt them. The debris can even fly out and land on a vehicle on the road. And this may cause damage.
2. The cost of evacuation will increase.
Overfilling the skip can cause the lorry driver not to carry the skip. The reason is that every skip has its required weight. There are restrictions on the maximum weight of the skip when loaded. And you may be required to pay extra charges to get the skip evacuated. More so, an overloaded skip can damage the Lorry conveying the skip.
3. Legal compliance.
It is illegal in most places to overfill a skip. To overfill the skip shows you’re not complying with the requirements of that law. Fine awaits you when you don’t follow the regulations or do not comply with the law. If the overloaded skip harms or injures anyone, you will stand at risk of being prosecuted.
Things to do to prevent overfilling your skip
1. Check the limit.
Most skips have a limit ” red fill line” that shows the line you shouldn’t exceed when loading the skip with waste. Even when there is no limit mark on it, you have to know that you can’t fill the skip higher than the sides.
Whenever a skip is overloaded or overfilled, it becomes noticeable to everyone. Do not overfill the skip. Make sure you don’t make that mistake.
2. Consider the skip size before usage.
There are different types of skip with different sizes. Ensure that you consider the right size suitable for you. Sometimes, you may want to save money to go for cheaper ones. However, ensure that you don’t overfill the ones you choose.
3. Ensure you practise organised loading techniques.
When loading the skip, do it in an organised manner, and load the smaller flat item first into the skip. Flat items such as doors, plywood, and other small items should be load bit by bit.
4. Get a plan before loading the skip.
Planning well will enable you to know the amount of waste generated. With this, you’ll know the required skip size for your project waste. Alternatively, you can move your item close to the skip before the loading. It will ensure you load carefully and thoughtfully.
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Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.