Six Safety Mistakes To Avoid When You're Loading Your Rented Dumpster

10 May 2018
 Categories: Environmental, Blog


It's important to take the proper safety precautions when loading a dumpster to avoid incidents. Dumpster loading has the potential to be hazardous because large and heavy items are placed inside dumpsters. You can make dumpster loading as safe as possible at your worksite by avoiding the following six safety mistakes:

Keeping the dumpster door or gate open during loading

Typical dumpster design includes either one or two doors/gates on either end of the dumpster. It's best to keep this door closed when the dumpster is being filled. This way, items will be more likely to stay in place and won't fall on workers during loading.

Keeping the dumpster door closed is not only important for keeping workers safe, but it also can make dumpster loading more efficient by preventing items from falling back out after they've been loaded. 

Putting the dumpster in the wrong place for loading

The placement of a dumpster rental is very important when it comes to maintaining safety. A dumpster should be located in a safe place where it will not interrupt traffic going by. A dumpster also needs to be located on firmly supported ground that won't give way as the dumpster is loaded and becomes heavier. 

Packing uneven loads into a rented dumpster

It's important to make the weight load within the dumpster as even as possible. A weight load that is not even could raise chances that the dumpster will tip over or become unbalanced.

Putting too many items into the dumpster

Don't overdo it when you're loading a dumpster. It can be tempting to overfill a dumpster if you're running out of space and want to get rid of all your waste in one load. However, an overly full dumpster is likely to be unstable and unsafe to transport. 

Leaving large gaps in the dumpster

An attempt should be made to fill in any gaps that are made by the items that are placed in a dumpster. This will keep the load stable and minimize settling or movement of items while the dumpster is transported. 

Not breaking items down to smaller components when possible

It's easiest to load a dumpster evenly if you avoid putting large and bulky items inside. If you have to dispose of large items like furniture, break them down into smaller parts first.

Also, put large, heavy items on the bottom of the dumpster rather than toward the top to increase the stability of the load and prevent heavy items on top from gradually crushing or bouncing off items below.