Height Safety Regulations


New Zealand’s construction industry operates under some of the most stringent regulations in the world.  While these regulations are designed to keep workers safe, they can often cause confusion and can take time to learn and implement.  
Easy Access make it our business to be conversant with these regulations and understand how to work within the standards in a practical, convenient and cost-efficient way.  Ensuring you and workers on your site are safe and compliant when working at height is at the core of what we do.  Our Research and Development team are continually developing and improving our range of height access equipment to offer safe, convenient and easy to use products in a practical working situation.  If you have any questions or feedback about our products and regulatory/best-practice standards, please contact us here or on 0800 394 222


Height Access Safety FAQs


How high can I legally erect scaffolding without a ticket?
You can erect a scaffold to a platform height of 5Mtrs without a ticket.

How many rails are required on a gable end for edge protection?
Only 2 rails. One approximately 500mm-600mm above to roof edge and a second 1000mm-1100mm above the roof edge.

Will Easy Access assist with ascertaining my scaffolding needs?
Yes, Easy Access representatives will visit you on-site throughout New Zealand to assist with your needs. 
Please contact us to arrange a visit.

What is the height to width ratio required for mobile scaffold towers?
For mobile scaffold towers the height to width ratio is 3:1. This means the width of the base of the tower must be at least a 3rd of the height of the platform.

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What is the ideal number of points of contact for safe ladder use?
3 points of contact is safest. Platform ladders with a handrail are the ideal way to achieve this.

At what height do I need to be a ticketed scaffolder?
If you are erecting a scaffold with platforms higher than 5m you must be a ticketed scaffolder.

In what situation must I stabilise my industrial scaffold tower by attaching outriggers?
If you exceed the 3:1 height to width ratio you must stabilise your towers with outriggers.

What is the recommended minimum weight rating for ladders in trade applications?
150kg is the minimum recommended weight rating.

Where can I buy Easy Access Products?
Easy Access products are available from our network of stores throughout New Zealand.