There are many reasons to rent a dumpster. Whether you are a business or an individual, you should know how to work around and with these large containers. Accidents can happen, but you can keep the risk low by using the following dumpster safety tips.
- Choose a Safe Location for Your Dumpster
Choose a location that’s sturdy and even for your dumpster. Priority Waste will handle delivery, but you must make sure there’s enough room for the container. Measure for truck and dumpster clearance both on the ground and in the air.
- Wear Proper Gear When Loading Your Dumpster
The amount of personal protective gear that you should wear depends on what you’re putting in your dumpster. If you are loading heavy construction materials, make sure you wear a hardhat, goggles, and work gloves. For household loads, gloves may be sufficient. Never wear open-toed shoes while loading a dumpster.
- Avoid Placing Substances in Dumpsters That Attract Pests
Do not load food or other substances into dumpsters that could attract pests. These can appear overnight. Rodents and insects can bite, sting, and cause shifting inside the dumpster.
- Watch Pinch Points and Keep Fingers Away From Them
Dumpsters have solid walls, but there are pinch points around doors and handles. Make sure your fingers stay clear of these areas to prevent harm.
- Be Aware of What Is Around Your Dumpster as You Load
Stay aware of things moving around your dumpster. This is especially important when working next to a street. Always look both ways before walking around the traffic side of the container.
If you have questions about how to safely load a dumpster, contact Priority Waste. Our experts can provide answers and guide you through the process.