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Skip hire companies kept busier than ever!

Skip hire companies kept busier than ever!

The last three months have been a testing time for many businesses, some of which, sadly, may not make it out of the other side. Conversely, there have been a few industries which have been able to continue trading – and even benefit from the recent conditions.

The skip hire industry seems to be one of those business types who have benefitted from the lockdown. With many people stuck at home for an extended period of time, tackling long put-off DIY, gardening and de-cluttering jobs has proved a practical and cathartic way to keep busy for those who have found themselves with extra time on their hands. However, with clothes donation banks, charity shops and recycling centres closed, this has led to many people looking to skip hire companies as a way of getting rid of waste and other unwanted items.

Some skip hire companies have reported an increase in business, lengthening waiting lists and some are even reporting working seven days a week to keep up with the demand from householders keen to dispose of items.

Whilst it is great to see that some businesses have been able to thrive through the conditions, and, arguably, being too busy is a good problem to have - this additional business does not come without impact.

The waste industry was identified, early on in the pandemic, as an essential service and workers in that industry are considered to be key workers. This has meant that they have kept working whilst many other workers have been forced to stay at home.

Keeping drivers, workers and the general public safe is, of course, a crucial part of the health and safety requirement for all skip hire companies. The Coronavirus pandemic has added an additional layer of complexity to the assessment of risks within the industry and companies have had to respond rapidly to this by creating and implementing new health and safety policy to take into account these new risks. Specifically with regard to the possibility of disease transmission, both from and to their workers.

To make sure that you remain protected in terms of your duties and responsibilities as an employer, it is important to make sure that any new policies and practices for health and safety are documented and understood by staff.

Making sure that your insurance cover is maintained at the correct level is another important consideration for businesses which may be experiencing a period of increased demand. Perhaps you are running more fleet vehicles or have invested in additional equipment – in which case, you should ensure that your fleet or plant and machinery cover is updated accordingly. If you have more employees, you may need to look at the level of employer’s liability insurance which you hold.

As specialist insurers to the skip hire and waste industry, we are working hard to ensure our clients remain properly protected through this period. If you have any questions about your business insurance, cover levels or policy exclusions, get in touch with a member of our team.

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