Keeping Safe While Working Around Dumpsters
It may seem straightforward enough when you rent a dumpster how to go about disposing of your junk. Collect, toss and repeat. There are, however, some things you should know, specifically precautions to take and hazards to avoid when using your dumpster rental that every single dumpster rental company incorporates into their safety protocols for their employees to ensure that nobody is hurt on the job. Below are 5 safety tips when working with your dumpster rental unit.
Safety apparel. It is always advisable to wear safety gear when disposing of anything in a dumpster rental. Even if what you are throwing away seems like there are few moving parts, or has little chance of ricocheting back into your face, gloves, goggles and proper footwear are a must.
Tough clothing. You want to make sure that the clothing you are wearing is breathable, so that you don’t overheat, and also durable, so that any loose nails, screws, wood or metal splinters don’t cut, or puncture your skin.
Understand what you can and can’t place in the dumpster. Things like hazardous household cleaning agents cannot be disposed of in a dumpster rental. This is for the benefit of the environment, and you. Many of these cleaning products are highly toxic, as well as caustic, and can do serious damage to your skin, eyes and lungs if inhaled, or touched.
Fill the dumpster evenly. Make sure that the debris in the dumpster is spread evenly so that when it is loaded and dropped off, the company that has come to pick it up does not run the risk of spillage, or tipping which can cost them, and you money, and potentially hurt somebody.
Never attempt to move the dumpster. A full dumpster, depending on what you are putting in it, can weigh multiple tons and, without the proper vehicle and knowledge, can end up causing property damage and bodily harm if you attempt to move it on your own.
A dumpster rental is meant to make your life easier and your renovation, cleanup and decluttering jobs, hassle free. It is important, though, to make sure that you are keeping your safety, and that of the rental company, a top priority. Follow the above 5 safety protocols when filling up your dumpster and ensure that nobody, especially you, gets hurt in the process.