Construction sites have many danger zones, and one of the most dangerous spots on any construction site is the dumpster and adjacent refuse pile. Cuts and scrapes are among the most common injuries sustained in and around dumpsters, but more severe injuries can occur. For example, a man was pinned and lost a limb as the direct result of a roll-off dumpster that was not properly placed.
If you’re remodeling your home and have a rental dumpster on your property, it’s imperative that you take steps to keep everyone safe. Following are four ways to stay safe while there is a roll-off dumpster on your property.
Be sure to place items in the dumpster in such a way that the load remains even at all times. In addition to paying attention to the size of the objects that you’re putting in the dumpster, pay close attention to their weight as well. If you place too much weight or bulk on one side of the dumpster, it may tip over. Also, do not load the dumpster until it is overflowing. You should never have material showing above the top of your dumpster.
While it’s tempting to place bulky items around the dumpster instead of taking the effort to lift them up into the dumpster, don’t. Most people who are bringing large items to the dumpster will not be able to see very well due to the load they are carrying and may trip over items that are left about. Keep the area around the dumpster free from debris at all times.
Pay attention to what you’re putting in the dumpster. If something is potentially hazardous or flammable, don’t put it in the dumpster. Items to avoid include chemicals, propane tanks, wet paint, car batteries, gasoline and solvents. Keep in mind that some materials, such as wood and paper, are inherently flammable. For this reason, you should avoid smoking around the dumpster.
Even if you need the dumpster moved right away, wait for your provider to move your dumpster for you. Under no circumstances should you try to move the dumpster yourself. Not only could you injure yourself or others while trying to move the dumpster, you might harm the equipment you’re using and the dumpster itself.
Roll-off dumpsters are a necessity on any construction or home remodeling site, but they can be dangerous. If you have a dumpster on your property, be sure to follow all safety instructions and call your provider right away if you have any problems. Contact a company like Lakeshore Recycling for more information.