Accident Advisory Against Working with Skip Bin

Accident Advisory Skip Bin

Accident Advisory Against Working with Skip Bin

Accident Advisory Against Working with Skip Bin

1 March 2019, a worker was found hurt on the ground behind a skip bin truck. The worker was supposed to drive the skip bin truck to the disposal facility to unload construction debris. After he was found, he was immediately sent to the hospital. However, he gave in to his injuries a day later and unfortunately passed on.

Such unfortunate incidents could be prevented if proper safety procedure were followed or set in place. To prevent similar accidents from happening to your workers, read on to find out our recommendation when dealing with Skip Bin.

Safe Work Procedure 

Create and put in place a Safe Work Procedure (SWP) for all work activities (inclusive of the truck unloading activity) so that your workers have a guideline to follow as to how to carry out their tasks in safety and without harm.

Safe Work Procedure for truck unloading may include the following

  • ensure the truck is parked on flat, even and sound ground wherever possible. 
  • Always remember to put the vehicle’s handbrake in place and use the wheel chocks to hold off any accidental truck movement from happening. 
  • Remember to check the skip bin on every occasion before unloading to comprehend the type of and nature of the waste material in the bin.
  • Always take up a safe position when you are unlocking the skip bin door locking mechanism.
  • When walking to access the skip bin after the unlocking or once the unloading process has begun remember to always use a safe route like walking from the front of the truck. 

Hazard Communication 

Advise all workers to keep away from the back of the vehicle once the door locking mechanism has been lifted. As the skip bin’s door may be holding back loose waste material, the danger of the door suddenly swinging open once the door lock is lifted is high. The waste material could potentially be heavy or even containing sharp edges which pose a danger to anyone standing behind the door if it were to fall to the ground after the doors swing open.

Emphasis on the dangers of working with skip bin during safety briefings and try to put up relevant warning signs and symbols on the skip bins door. 

Confirm that all workers who will be interacting with the skip bin are familiar with the safe work procedure and ensure that a supervisor is always on the group to provide supervision and compliance with the safe work procedure and other control measures. 

Personal protective equipment 

Employers must be responsible for the personal protective equipment of their workers. Ensure that all workers are given a hard hat, safety shoes and other personal protective equipment that is required during the unloading process. 

They are also responsible for ensuring that all personal protective equipment are functional and put to use during the unloading process. 



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