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Are Skips Dangerous?

Here at PWM Skip Hire, we do our best to emphasise the importance of preparation and attention to detail when it comes to hiring a skip. After all, the majority of people are unaware that a permit is required from the council in advance if the skip is going to be placed on public land, in order to avoid hefty fines. With this said, some people are worried that skip hire may be dangerous. Read on as we go over a couple of important things to consider when it comes to potential the dangers associated with skip hire…

Hazardous Materials

Just like any other industry, hiring a skip comes with a set of important safety rules that customers must be prepared to follow. For example, there are a variety of different materials like electronics and tyres that are not suitable for disposal in a skip and this is often because they have to be taken to a specific recycling facility. With this said, there are also hazardous materials like asbestos and plasterboard that cannot be placed in a skip for safety reasons as the fibres are incredibly dangerous when inhaled.


Although skips look very large, many customers are surprised by how quickly they manage to fill one and that is why it is important to work hand in hand with the hire company in order to ensure that the most suitable skip is hired for a project. With this said, overfilling a skip can be dangerous because it can prevent the hire company from taking away the debris at the end of the contract when the skip is simply too heavy to safely load onto the van. In these instances, safety is prioritised, and the hire company has the right to refuse to remove the debris until some weight is unloaded.

Although a skip isn’t directly dangerous, it is important that clients utilise them safely and properly. After all, hazardous materials like asbestos and plasterboard are not permitted for disposal in a skip and only permitted individuals should be around a project that involves a skip because a lot of the materials tend to be heavy and this poses a potential safety risk for children. To find out more information about using a skip safely, get in contact with the best skips Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the PWM team today!