One of a portable restroom operator’s worst nightmares is dealing with a tip-over. Tip-overs are messy and create unwanted extra work that disrupts the daily schedule. They also can cause damage to units and pose potential liability risks. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce the chances of a unit toppling over. Here are six tips for preventing tip-overs:
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Tip 1 — For best stability, place the unit on level ground. A flat, paved surface is the best option, if available.
Tip 2 — Place stakes in the unit’s base or skid, and make sure they are installed in a way that prevents them from being trip hazards. Many PROs charge their customers a fee for staking down units, so if you plan to do this, make sure it is included in the contract.
Tip 3 — If the ground is too hard to hammer in stakes, you may be able to use ratchet straps. Connect the unit to a sturdy nearby structure like a fence or tree and crank the ratchet until the straps are taut.
Tip 4 — Place the unit against a building or structure to shield it from the wind.
Tip 5 — When available, place the unit inside an enclosure. This is a common setup at parks, golf courses and municipalities that offers maximum protection from the wind.
Tip 6 — When delivering multiple units to the same site, place them in rows when possible. This makes it far less likely that a unit will tip to its side, although you may need to stake down the outside units.