How to Stay Safe When Using a Bobcat to Remove a Pile of Garbage

If you have decided to opt for a bobcat hire so you can move a large quantity of garbage from your property, it is vital that you understand the risks of using this heavy equipment and the steps you can take to minimise the chance that something will go wrong. Below is a guide which will help you to stay safe while using a hired bobcat to move trash.

Be aware that garbage can be unstable

Bobcats are fitted with large tyres which have a deep tread. These tyres allow the bobcat to grip the surface of the trash as it drives over it. However, a bobcat is also a very heavy piece of equipment. The weight of a bobcat can easily destabilise a large pile of trash, causing it to shift and collapse. If this occurs, it could tip your bobcat over and lead to serious injury or even death. To minimise the risk of this occurring, you should drive slowly when on top of a garbage pile. If you are about to drive onto an area of the pile you have not yet covered, you should lower the scoop on the front of the bobcat to the ground so you can test how stable the rubbish is. You should also ensure that your bobcat either has a metal cab or a roll-bar which will help to protect you in the event of a vehicle rollover.

Be aware of the risk of fire

Garbage tends to be very flammable. Piles of garbage may also contain accelerants such as old fuel, paint or chemicals. If the pile of trash has been there for a long time, organic material which has begun to rot may have produced highly flammable gases such as methane. You should be aware that sparks from your bobcat or heat from the engine could potentially trigger a fire while you are at work. You should keep your eyes open all times for any sign of fire, and you need to ensure that you have access to a fire extinguisher. If a blaze it caught soon enough, you may be able to put it out. However, if a fire is allowed to burn undetected, it could smoulder for weeks before breaking out into an inferno.

If you would like to find out more about how to safely operate a bobcat when moving a pile of trash, you should contact a garbage removal company today.