Some Tips for Safely Using a Wheeled Commercial Skip Bin

A commercial skip bin is often needed for big cleanup jobs and renovation work, as you may not be legally allowed to gather up the trash and debris created by these jobs and leave it all by the curb. When renting a skip bin, you may be concerned about its size and capacity, but you should also be worried about how to use it safely. This is especially true if you choose a bin with wheels, as you don't want it sliding out of place and anyone getting injured while working around the bin. Note a few simple tips for using a wheeled skip bin successfully and safely.

1. Know your car's towing capacity

Some commercial skip bins are a type of trailer that you pull behind your car or truck; these can be convenient because you don't always need a permit to keep them on your property since they will already have a separate license plate. When setting up the bin, you might be tempted to leave it hitched to your car so you can move it from space to space, or to keep it securely in place. 

While this can add some security to using this type of bin, you need to know the weight limit or towing capacity of your car before you do this. A full skip bin can become very heavy somewhat easily, and even pull your car out of position when you don't expect it. Make sure the car's parking brake is engaged when it is in one place for added safety and security. Don't attempt to tow a bin that's too heavy for your car, as this can actually cause damage to the car's engine and transmission and you may not be able to safely apply the brakes when you're pulling a bin that's over its safe towing capacity.

2. Use chocks

While trailer model skip bins and other wheeled bins should all have locks to keep them in place, you may still want to use chocks. Chocks would be anything strong enough that you place next to the wheels to keep the commercial skip bin in place; this might be a few bricks, some heavy chunks of wood or concrete. This is an added safety feature that will keep the bin from rolling against its locks or sliding out of place. This is especially important to consider if you place the bin on any slight incline, as the bin can then begin to simply skid or slide downhill even when the brakes or locks are engaged.