Every year, many people are severely injured or killed in accidents with skips. They may seem like relatively innocuous and stable items, but skips can be incredibly heavy and dangerous when being moved. In this article, we’ll look at how to stay safe when using a skip to dispose of large items or quantities of waste.
What is a skip?
A skip is a large metal container which is used to ship large items or quantities of waste to a waste disposal unit. Skips can be hired by anyone, but are most often used on building sites and for buildings which are being extensively refurbished. In order for skips to be moved, they must be hoisted by a special vehicle.
Safety tips for using a skip
- Always distribute waste evenly throughout the skip as it is possible for it to tip over
- Before use, check for cracks or other forms of damage to the inside and outside of the skip
- Check the condition of lifting and locking points
- Always check hoisting mechanisms before use
- Never attempt to move a skip without proper training and supervision
- Never attempt to manually push a skip
- Stay well away from a skip that is being hoisted onto a vehicle or lowered to the ground
- Never over-fill a skip
- Never flick matches or cigarette ends near the flammable materials which may be contained in a skip
What to do if you are injured in an accident with a skip
If you are injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. When you are at work, your employer has a duty of care to ensure your safety by providing you and your fellow employees with the correct safety equipment, training and supervision. If you are injured at work, it may be as a result of employer negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline
To find out more and discuss your particular situation in detail, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to let you know whether you are likely to be eligible for personal injury compensation and how much you could potentially receive. For a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, check our 30-second online test. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, working on a no win, no fee* basis.