Accessman HQ 
We have started the New Year with the launch of our 'Have you got the height?' campaign featuring our very own General Manager, Lena Harrington. 

Standing at 6'2, without heels, Lena definitely has the height & with nearly 10 years of service, has played an important role in the growth & development of Accessman. 

Lena's vision for the company is simple, 'To expand our mobile scaffolding division throughout our locations, to raise awareness of the newly introduced IPAF internationally accredited EWP training course & a strong commitment to health & safety within the industry. 
You can read Lena's vision statement at
Our IPAF training is in full swing throughout the South Island!
Would you like to know more?


or call 03 341 6333

Get your spot in today!!
Accessman are not only committed to 'Safety @ Height' but are committed to Health & Safety within the industry. With this in mind, Accessman have signed the Canterbury Rebuild Safety Charter.  

The charter sets the standards for a consistent & collective approach to health & safety on Canterbury worksites. By signing this charter, Accessman are agreeing to the charters vision & ensuring that our organisation will implement the charter's actions ensuring a safer workplace.
Accessman Christchurch
As industry leaders in EWP equipment, Accessman understand the need for diversity. Accessman Christchurch are pleased to announce the newly available mobile scaffold solution.

With a maximum working height of 5-metres, Accessman's modular aluminium scaffold system provides a safe, stable & convenient working platform.

For further information email or
call Andrew on 021 361 878
With our commitment to 'safety @ height', Accessman Christchurch have decided to install Active Shields on all their older Haulotte Knucklebooms that did not have them installed as part of the factory fit out. Accessman Christchurch have recognized this as being proactive in the commitment to health & safety and a worthy investment.
Accessman Blenheim
Accessman are pleased to be able to offer 2 new knucklebooms that are now part of the Blenheim fleet. The new Haulotte 12 metre electric (above left working at the Omaka Aviation Heritage) and the new HA120 4 X 4, (above right, working in the Wither Hills Winery). Both of these machines are now available for hire from Accessman Blenheim.

Want further information? Call (03) 578 5600
Accessman City
Accessman City will be relocating premises in the next few months! 

Details will be available closer to the time.

Watch this space for updates!
Accessman Training Center 
Rescue Plans - Who, Why and How?
The pending changes to the Health and Safety Legislation have highlighted a number of areas of concern, as they relate to our own industries Best Practice Guide in the use of EWPs.This month I want to bring to your attention the BPG’s requirement that a Rescue Plan is to be in place each and every time we climb into the basket or cage of an EWP.

Before you scoff, let’s think about this in some detail.

The BPG states that is Best Practice to have a spotter on the ground when you are working at height in an EWP. This is to not only facilitate your recue should needs arise, but also to protect the immediate area around the base of your machine by excluding the public or fellow workers from walking or entering the space underneath your machine, whilst in use.

The document goes on to state that a Rescue Plan should be penned to support the Task Analysis or Job Safety Analysis which you are completing around the identified dangers and hazards you have come across.
The rescue plan need not be necessarily long winded, but as such is an agreement between those staff using the machine and those on the ground, on what steps could or would be taken in the event of a misadventure requiring a rescue.

These steps should be written down and include:
  1. Who is involved in terms of staff to facilitate a rescue
  2. In the first instance, use of the identified ground controls located at the base of the unit, to return the cage or basket to the ground
  3. In the event that this proves unsuccessful, an alternative might be either the use of another similar EWP onsite (if available) or perhaps a mobile scaffold, ladder etc.
  4. The use of the Emergency Services as and if required.
This need not be a complicated process, but it does require a person on the ground to facilitate the rescue so they must have a knowledge of the machine in operation, or at least be shown the identified ground controls.

So next time you think of working on your own, just think how hard it would be to self-rescue if you were stuck in an EWP at height, better to be safe than sorry and have a colleague or even a fellow worker close by, to have your back should the need arise.

Next time….Wind Ratings on Machines!

Cheers Al McNeill