If you are prone to back aches or serious back pain, you need to be careful whilst working on big home projects. To help you protect your back when you hire a skip, we’ve put together a few safety tips and ideas. Whether you currently suffer from back issues or you just want to be proactive about avoiding injuries, these ideas should help.
1. Hire a Skip With a Ramp
Throwing rubbish into a full-size skip can be challenging. In particular, you risk twisting your back as you lob loads over the sides. To avoid that, consider hiring a skip that has a ramp or an entry door. That way, you can walk loads into the skip instead of throwing them over the side.
2. Cut Down Big Rubbish
Whether you’re cleaning out the basement, doing a remodel, relandscaping the garden or working on another project, you may end up with big items that need to be thrown away. To reduce the risk of injury, figure out ways to make your loads smaller.
For instance, if you’re dealing with branches, cut them into smaller pieces, and then, load those pieces one by one into the dumpster. If you are putting heavy rubbish in bags, only fill the bags half full so there isn’t as much to lift.
3. Focus on Proper Lifting Procedures
Even with small loads, it’s important to use proper lifting techniques. Bend your knees and lower yourself to the ground in a squatting position. Then, pick up the load and straighten your body. Focus on keeping your core engaged and your back straight.
To help maintain this position whilst working, you may even want to wear a lifting belt. Note that these belts don’t directly prevent injuries. Rather, they support your spine in a way that reminds your body to maintain proper form, and in turn, helps you avoid injuries.
4. Invest in Tools to Help You Lift
In some cases, it may not be possible to make all your loads small. To avoid strains, have some tools on hand to help you. For instance, you may want to have a hand truck or a flatbed dolly on hand to help move large loads.
Similarly, if you’re doing yard work, you may want to use a wheelbarrow. You can fill that with old rocks, broken patio stones, branches, leaves and other items. Then, you can easily walk the load into the skip (using the ramp) and dump it. That’s a lot easier on your body than lifting up bags of rubbish.
5. Break the Project Into Smaller Segments
If you suffer from a back injury, it helps to rest your back for a few days. Similarly, if you suffer from regular back issues, you may want to limit the amount of activity you do each day.
Remember, when it comes to home projects, you don’t have to do it all at once. So that you can break up the task into smaller work sessions, consider hiring the skip for a longer amount of time. Alternatively, start your project before you have the skip.
Pile up your rubbish in a corner, and then load it all into the skip when it arrives. In some cases, you may even want to hire someone to help you load the skip or ask friends and family to help for an afternoon.
Note that based on our experience, these tips should help to protect you from back injuries, but they are not designed to replace the advice of your doctor.
Backyard Bins Team
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