Hiring & Equipment Safety Operation Guides

A collection of guides and information to help you safely and correctly operate our available hire items.

Trailers SOPS

Plain Trailer

Please read this information before connecting a trailer to your vehicle.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Attach coupling to the ball and ensure the handle is in the FULLY DOWN position and the safety catch is located over the lug.
  2. Two people are recommended to attach the trailer to the vehicle.
  3. Tow ball size needs to be 50mm.
  4. Attach Safety chain.
  5. Check brakes and all lights before use. Ensure hand brake is disengaged (if applicable).
  6. If you have brake lights and tail lights working but no indicators, and your base plug on your cars is the same as the trailer, simply turn the lead around and the indicators will work.
  7. Know the TOWING CAPACITY of your vehicle and ensure the combined load does not exceed max weight allowed.
  8. Ensure your load is positioned with the majority of the weight forward.
  9. Check tyres, make sure sufficient tread is visible. It is recommended to also check all tyre pressures. Tyres should be at 40psi.
  10. Faulty Equipment must not be used. Report any faults immediately on 1300 882 187

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is 100km/h.
  2. Beware of your distance between you and the vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance even more in the wet.
  3. If swaying occurs DO NOT hit the brakes. Slowly decelerate, or where possible accelerate out to stop swaying. Once the sway is contained, stop and reposition load.

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Manual Handling Bend Knees, DO NOT USE BACK
Slips, Trips & Falls Increase situational awareness, obey all warnings, keep clear.
Rotating Equipment Situational Awareness.
Road / Highway Driving Obey all road traffic laws, create safe driving distances.

Caged Trailers - Small

Please read this information before connecting a trailer to your vehicle.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Attach coupling to the ball and ensure the handle is in the FULLY DOWN position and the safety catch is located over the lug.
  2. Two people are recommended to attach the trailer to the vehicle.
  3. Tow ball size needs to be 50mm.
  4. Attach Safety chain.
  5. Check brakes and all lights before use. Ensure hand brake is disengaged (if applicable).
  6. If you have brake lights and tail lights working but no indicators, and your base plug on your cars is the same as the trailer, simply turn the lead around and the indicators will work.
  7. Know the TOWING CAPACITY of your vehicle and ensure the combined load does not exceed max weight allowed.
  8. Ensure your load is positioned with the majority of the weight forward.
  9. Check tyres, make sure sufficient tread is visible. It is recommended to also check all tyre pressures. Tyres should be at 40psi.
  10. Faulty Equipment must not be used. Report any faults immediately on 1300 882 187

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is 100km/h.
  2. Beware of your distance between you and the vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance even more in the wet.
  3. If swaying occurs DO NOT hit the brakes. Slowly decelerate, or where possible accelerate out to stop swaying. Once the sway is contained, stop and reposition load.

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Manual Handling Bend Knees, DO NOT USE BACK
Slips, Trips & Falls Increase situational awareness, obey all warnings, keep clear.
Rotating Equipment Situational Awareness.
Road / Highway Driving Obey all road traffic laws, create safe driving distances.

Caged Trailers - Large

Please read this information before connecting a trailer to your vehicle.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Attach coupling to the ball and ensure the handle is in the FULLY DOWN position and the safety catch is located over the lug.
  2. Two people are recommended to attach the trailer to the vehicle.
  3. Tow ball size needs to be 50mm.
  4. Attach Safety chain.
  5. Check brakes and all lights before use. Ensure hand brake is disengaged (if applicable).
  6. If you have brake lights and tail lights working but no indicators, and your base plug on your cars is the same as the trailer, simply turn the lead around and the indicators will work.
  7. Know the TOWING CAPACITY of your vehicle and ensure the combined load does not exceed max weight allowed.
  8. Ensure your load is positioned with the majority of the weight forward.
  9. Check tyres, make sure sufficient tread is visible. It is recommended to also check all tyre pressures. Tyres should be at 40psi.
  10. Two people are recommended to lift the rear tailgate
  11. Faulty Equipment must not be used. Report any faults immediately on 1300 882 187

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is 100km/h.
  2. Beware of your distance between you and the vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance even more in the wet.
  3. If swaying occurs DO NOT hit the brakes. Slowly decelerate, or where possible accelerate out to stop swaying. Once the sway is contained, stop and reposition load.

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Manual Handling Bend Knees, DO NOT USE BACK
Slips, Trips & Falls Increase situational awareness, obey all warnings, keep clear.
Rotating Equipment Situational Awareness.
Road / Highway Driving Obey all road traffic laws, create safe driving distances.

Enclosed Trailers

Please read this information before connecting a trailer to your vehicle.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Attach coupling to the ball and ensure the handle is in the FULLY DOWN position and the safety catch is located over the lug.
  2. Two people are recommended to attach the trailer to the vehicle.
  3. Tow ball size needs to be 50mm.
  4. Attach Safety chain.
  5. Check brakes and all lights before use. Ensure hand brake is disengaged (if applicable).
  6. If you have brake lights and tail lights working but no indicators, and your base plug on your cars is the same as the trailer, simply turn the lead around and the indicators will work.
  7. Know the TOWING CAPACITY of your vehicle and ensure the combined load does not exceed max weight allowed.
  8. Ensure your load is positioned with the majority of the weight forward.
  9. Check tyres, make sure sufficient tread is visible. It is recommended to also check all tyre pressures. Tyres should be at 40psi.
  10. Two people are recommended to lift the rear tailgate
  11. Faulty Equipment must not be used. Report any faults immediately on 1300 882 187

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is 100km/h.
  2. Beware of your distance between you and the vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance even more in the wet.
  3. If swaying occurs DO NOT hit the brakes. Slowly decelerate, or where possible accelerate out to stop swaying. Once the sway is contained, stop and reposition load.

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Manual Handling Bend Knees, DO NOT USE BACK
Slips, Trips & Falls Increase situational awareness, obey all warnings, keep clear.
Rotating Equipment Situational Awareness.
Road / Highway Driving Obey all road traffic laws, create safe driving distances.

Vehicle SOPS

Utes

Please read this information before collecting your hire.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Ensure you walk around the vehicle to inspect and possible pre-existing marks or damage
  2. Inspect tyres and ensure there is no obvious cuts or damage that would possibly deem the vehicle un-roadworthy
  3. Ensure the vehicle is full of Diesel before departure. Report if not full

If you find any of the above, please contact our office ASAP on 1300 882 187

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is up to 110kph (or 100kph if towing) or the indicated legal speed limit
  2. Beware of your distance between you and vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance in the wet
  3. When loading, please ensure you secure the load correctly and use appropriate straps
  4. If the Vehicle un-expectedly breaks down during the trip, please contact 1300 882 187 immediately. Do not attempt to have the vehicle repaired without advising Move Yourself prior
  5. Return the vehicle with a full tank of Diesel (charges automatically apply if Move Yourself is required to fill the vehicle)
  6. Towing, the maximum combined trailer weight & load is 1999kg. Contact 1300 882 187 for more information

In The Event Of An Accident

  1. Exchange details with 3rd party (if applicable)
  2. Take photos
  3. Advise Move Yourself on 1300 882 187

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Road / Highway Driving Wear Seatbelts and obey all road traffic rules and create safe distances
Fatigue Take breaks every 2 hours or as required
Pedestrians Please increase awareness when people are around the vehicle eg: parking and shopping precincts
Loading / Unloading Ute Use correct manual handling techniques
Pinch / Crush points Use care when opening and closing of the rear gate

Trucks

Please read this information before collecting your hire.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Ensure you walk around the vehicle to inspect and possible pre-existing marks or damage.
  2. Inspect tyres and ensure there is no obvious cuts or damage that would possibly deem the vehicle un-roadworthy
  3. Ensure the vehicle is full of Diesel before departure. Report if not full
  4. Ensure you have the tailgate control unit (if applicable)

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is up to 110kph or the indicated legal speed limit
  2. Beware of your distance between you and vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance in the wet
  3. When loading, please ensure you secure the load correctly and use appropriate straps
  4. If the Vehicle un-expectedly breaks down during the trip, please contact 1300 882 187 immediately. Do not attempt to have the vehicle repaired without advising Move Yourself prior
  5. Return the Vehicle with a full tank of Diesel (charges automatically apply if Move Yourself is required to fill the vehicle)

In The Event Of An Accident

  1. Exchange details with 3rd party (if applicable)
  2. Take photos
  3. Advise Move Yourself on 1300 882 187

Operating Tailgate

  1. Ensure the Vehicle is running the whole time (using the tailgate whilst the Vehicle is off WILL flatten the batteries)
  2. Ensure the area is clear
  3. Release safety catch & lower tailgate (be careful not to pinch the cable)
  4. Place load on and lift tailgate (max weight capacity is 500kg)
  5. Ensure load and yourself are secure at all times

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Road / Highway Driving Wear Seatbelts and obey all road traffic rules and create safe distances
Parking, Trees, Low Hanging Objects Increase situational awareness, obey all warnings, keep clear.
Fatigue Take breaks every 2 hours or as required
Pedestrians Please increase awareness when people are around the vehicle eg: parking and shopping precincts
Loading / Unloading Truck Use correct manual handling techniques
Pinch / Crush points Use care when lowering and lifting the rear tailgate, keep area clear
Operating at Heights Increase situational awareness, 3 points of contact at all times

Vans

Please read this information before collecting your hire.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Ensure you walk around the vehicle to inspect and possible pre-existing marks or damage
  2. Check the tyres and make sure sufficient tread is visible. Tyres should be approximately 55psi for the front, 66psi for the back.
  3. Ensure the vehicle is full of Diesel before departure. Report if not full.

Faulty equipment must not be used. Report any faults immediately on 1300 882 187 and quote your contract number

In The Event Of An Accident

  1. Exchange details with 3rd party (if applicable)
  2. Take photos
  3. Advise Move Yourself on 1300 882 187

Emergency Contacts

  1. Move Yourself - 1300 882 187
  2. Renault - 1800 009 008
  3. Flat Tyre (Beaurepaires) - 1800 106 010
  4. Emergency Services - 000

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is up to 110kph (or 100kph if towing) or the indicated legal speed limit
  2. Beware of your distance between you and vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance in the wet
  3. When loading, please ensure you secure the load correctly and use appropriate straps
  4. If the Vehicle un-expectedly breaks down during the trip, please contact 1300 882 187 immediately. Do not attempt to have the vehicle repaired without advising Move Yourself prior
  5. Return the vehicle with a full tank of Diesel (charges automatically apply if Move Yourself is required to fill the vehicle)
  6. No Smoking allowed within the Vehicle.

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Road / Highway Driving Wear Seatbelts and obey all road traffic rules and create safe distances
Fatigue Take breaks every 2 hours or as required
Pedestrians Please increase awareness when people are around the vehicle eg: parking and shopping precincts
Loading / Unloading Ute Use correct manual handling techniques
Pinch / Crush points Use care when opening and closing of the rear gate

Other SOPS

Car Carriers

Please read this information before collecting your hire.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Attach coupling to the ball and ensure the handle is in the FULLY DOWN position and the safety catch is located over the lug. (Pins through the safety catch are not required for forward towing)
  2. Two people are recommended to attach the trailer to the vehicle.
  3. Tow ball size needs to be 50mm.
  4. Attach Safety chain.
  5. Check brakes and all lights before use. Ensure hand brake is disengaged.
  6. If you have brake lights and tail lights working but no indicators, and your base plug on your cars is the same as the trailer, simply turn the lead around and the indicators will work.
  7. Know the TOWING CAPACITY of your vehicle and ensure the combined load does not exceed 2000kgs. Our Car Trailers weigh approx 750kgs.
  8. Ensure your load is positioned with the majority of the weight forward.
  9. Check tyres, make sure sufficient tread is visible. It is recommended to also check all tyre pressures. Tyres should be at 40psi.
  10. Rotate winch to ensure its operational and check cable for frays. (Please read Winch Safe Operating Procedure before using the winch)
  11. Check under the trailer to ensure the loading ramps are present.
  12. Faulty Equipment must not be used. Report any faults immediately on 1300 882 187

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Ensure your load is positioned with the majority of the weight (engine) forward.
  2. Approved straps must be used at all times to secure load at all 4 corners of the load (MYST or our agents do not supply straps. These must be supplied by the customer)
  3. DO NOT use winch as the only form of load securing, as it is NOT designed to do this, & it is also illegal. DO NOT use winch to unload the vehicle, as is not designed to do this also.
  4. Maximum speed allowed is 100 KPH
  5. Beware of your distance between you & the vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking stopping distances. (increase this distance even more in the wet)
  6. If swaying occurs DO NOT hit the brakes. Slowly decelerate, or where possible accelerate out to stop swaying. Once the sway is contained, stop and reposition load.

Operating Tailgate

Please Read BEFORE using the winch

This SOP MUST BE READ before using the winch.

Extending the Cable

  1. Release the Safety Catch by pressing down and engaging the release lever
  2. Pull out the cable to the end of the ramps
WARNING: Stand clear of spinning handle as contact with this could cause serious injury.

Winching up the Vehicle

  1. Disengage the release lever holding the safety catch to ENGAGE the safety catch
  2. Latch the winch hook to the manufacturers anchor point on the vehicle When safety catch is engaged, a noticable clicking sound should be heard
WARNING: Failure to engage the safety catch could cause serious injury.

Unloading the vehicle

  1. Secure the wheels so the vehicle cannot roll
  2. Loosen winch cable and remove hook from anchor point
  3. Vehicle must be manually removed from the trailer
WARNING: DO NOT use the winch to unload the vehicle. Failure to comply with this warning may cause serious injury
Safety Catch Released
Safety Catch Engaged

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Manual Handling Bend Knees, DO NOT USE BACK
Slips, Trips & Falls Increase situational awareness, obey all warnings, keep clear.
Rotating Equipment Situational Awareness.
Road / Highway Driving Obey all road traffic laws, create safe driving distances.

Horse Floats

Please read this information before collecting your hire.

Pre-Journey Safety Checks

  1. Attach coupling to the ball and ensure the handle is in the FULLY DOWN position and the safety catch is located over the lug.
  2. Two people are recommended to attach the trailer to the vehicle.
  3. Tow ball size needs to be 50mm.
  4. Attach Safety chain.
  5. Check brakes and all lights before use. Ensure hand brake is disengaged (if applicable).
  6. If you have brake lights and tail lights working but no indicators, and your base plug on your cars is the same as the trailer, simply turn the lead around and the indicators will work.
  7. Know the TOWING CAPACITY of your vehicle and ensure the combined load does not exceed max weight allowed.
  8. Ensure your load is positioned with the majority of the weight forward.
  9. Check tyres, make sure sufficient tread is visible. It is recommended to also check all tyre pressures. Tyres should be at 40psi.
  10. Two people are recommended to lift the rear tailgate
  11. Faulty Equipment must not be used. Report any faults immediately on 1300 882 187

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Maximum speed allowed is 100km/h.
  2. Beware of your distance between you and the vehicle in front. Allow more space for unexpected braking and stopping distances. Increase this distance even more in the wet.
  3. If swaying occurs DO NOT hit the brakes. Slowly decelerate, or where possible accelerate out to stop swaying. Once the sway is contained, stop and reposition load.

Hazards

Potential Hazards Controls
Manual Handling Bend Knees, DO NOT USE BACK
Slips, Trips & Falls Increase situational awareness, obey all warnings, keep clear.
Rotating Equipment Situational Awareness.
Road / Highway Driving Obey all road traffic laws, create safe driving distances.

Lawn Mowers

Please read this information before collecting your hire.

Please follow the Pre-Start Checks before starting the lawnmower.

Ensure you start the mower before leaving the site to confirm it is good working order.

Pre-Safety Checks

  1. Ensure all safety devices, guards, switches and shields are fitted, secure and functional.
  2. Ensure all cutting blades are secure and in good condition.
  3. Ensure the height adjustment lever is operational.
  4. Faulty equipment must not be used. Report suspect machinery immediately.

Stopping the Mower

  1. Stop mower by moving the throttle lever to the fully upward position.

Housekeeping

  1. Clean away any foreign materials and debris from in and around engine and catcher parts.

Operational Safety Checks

  1. Keep clear of moving machine parts
  2. Before making adjustments bring the machine to a complete standstill and isolate.
  3. Clear the area to be mowed of debris that may be thrown.
  4. Be aware of the potential for ejected material and ensure that no person or animal is endangered when operating the mower.
  5. Maintain a proper balance and secure footing when starting the mower.
  6. Operate at a speed slow enough to keep control over unexpected hazards.
  7. Mow in a forward direction.
  8. When mowing on a slope, mow across the slope. This keeps a better distance between the operator and the mower in case of a slip.
  9. Never leave the machine running unattended.
  10. Always shut off the mower and allow it to come to a complete standstill before adjusting, or clearing grass clogs.
  11. Allow the mower to cool before refuelling. Use only approved safety containers to store fuel.
  12. Turn off fuel supply when mowing has concluded.
  1. Ensure all safety devices, guards, switches and shields are fitted, secure and functional.
  2. Ensure all cutting blades are secure and in good condition.
  3. Ensure the height adjustment lever is operational.
  4. Faulty equipment must not be used. Report suspect machinery immediately.

Connecting A Trailer

Please follow this guide on how to connect a trailer before attempting to attach a trailer to your vehicle. This guide is also available as a video on our youtube channel.

Reverse up to trailer

Reverse the vehicle as close to the towball as possible and put the vehicle in park with the handbrake on.

Unlocking the trailer

If required, unlock the trailer using the key provided. You do not need to remove the padlock cover.

Lift coupling onto the towball

Straddle the drawbar and lift from the coupling handle, ensuring you lift with your knees. Line the coupling up with the towball then lower the trailer so it rests over the towball.

Locking the trailer into position

Push the handle down to ensure the latch is in the locked position, making sure that the safety catch locks and the trailer is secure.

Attaching the safety chain

Connect the safety chain to your vehicle using the D shackle provided. Ensure that excess chain does not dangle freely from the vehicle as this will damage the chain.

Connecting the leads

The next step is to connect the wiring lead from the trailer to your vehicle. First connect the lead from the trailer plug, then attach the connector it to your vehicles plug, making sure to correctly line up all pins.

Please note: if you have brake lights and tail lights working but no indicators, and your base plug on your car is the same as the Trailer, simply turn the lead around and the indicators will work.

Preparing brakes

Release the trailers handbrake by lifting the yellow lever from the locking grooves. In order for the trailers brakes to operate the reverse latch must be placed in the open position by lifting it out and away.

Check trailer lights

The final step is to check that the trailers indicators as well as the brake and trail lights are functioning correctly. If the indicators aren't working, re-check step 6 to ensure the leads are correct.