Nothing is more important than your safety.
Please take precautions to stay safe on any scaffolding you use.
Here is the number to keep in mind: 5.
Is your scaffold over or under 5m high?
In New Zealand, if you are building a scaffold 5m or more in height (measuring to the highest component), you must:
- Notify Work Safe (with 24 hours advance notice)
- Have a certified scaffolder on-site.
But to build a scaffold that does not reach 5m, the only requirement is that you be competent. You neither have to notify Work Safe, nor have a current certificate of competence.
But you do need to have the “knowledge and skills” to build a scaffold – which, according to Work Safe, “may be acquired through training, qualification, experience, or a combination of these.”
For more information, please visit worksafe.govt.nz