Renting a trash compactor can be a great solution for construction sites and other businesses where large amounts of waste are generated in a small amount of time. Specifically, a trash compactor is a great way to get rid of large amounts of waste in an environmentally conscious manner. Before you rent out a trash compactor for your business, however, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind and pass along.
Make Sure Operators Are Trained
First of all, make sure that any employees who will be operating the compactor are trained on how to properly use it. While trash compactors are relatively simple to use, the amount of force they generate makes them inherently dangerous if proper precautions aren't followed. Take the time to train all employees on proper use of the compactor, including all controls and emergency stop procedures. This will reduce the chances of an accident and give you added peace of mind.
Have a Stick or Rod Available to Move Items
Sometimes, items thrown into a trash compactor will need to be moved or shifted for a proper fit. If this is the case, make sure that there is a long rod or stick available for employees to use to shift and move items as needed. At no time should any employee enter the trash compactor or place limbs inside the space of the compactor to adjust items, as this poses a serious safety risk.
Be On the Lookout for Signs of Animals
As long as the compactor door is kept closed, you shouldn't have to worry about small animals (such as raccoons) making their way inside the compact, but it can happen. Make sure to keep an eye out for signs of animals who may have gotten into the compactor and advise employees to do the same. If you suspect something has gotten into the compactor, contact the rental company so they can remove the animal(s) safely.
Never Overload a Compactor
Finally, be aware of posted loading limits on any compactor you rent and never overload a unit, as this can result in a malfunction that you could be liable for.
Overall, renting out a trash compactor is a budget-friendly option for many businesses who need to get rid of large amounts of trash at once. Just be sure to keep these safety tips in mind and ensure all employees are informed before operating the compactor.