Safer Lifts, Thanks to Higher Standards and Guidelines

Building lift

In 2016, unfortunate news about a man who was laid dead below a lift shaft shook Wellington. Way back in 2011, an 11-year-old boy died from a lift accident in his grandparents’ house. This and countless other elevator mishaps are the reason the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment of New Zealand issued strict guidelines to avoid further damage and loss of life.

Proper and legal paperwork, as well as complying with inspection by Independent Qualified Persons or IQP, are among the requirements lift operators should adhere to.


In order to obtain a building consent, a lift operator should submit all the information required by the Building Code, particularly Clause D2 Mechanical Installations for Access. Building Code authorities would then assess whether one’s request can be granted.


Once you obtain a building consent and you started the construction phase, you must schedule a regular inspection from IQPs before, during and after the building process. Transportation consultants can assess and certify the status of your lifts based on the standards set by the government.


Other than applying for consent, building owners, building consent authority (BCA) and territorial authority (TA) have the responsibility to comply with other obligations under the Building Act. It is the responsibility of the building owner to present plans and specifications regarding the lifts, among others.

The main role of the BCA, on the other hand, is to assess the proposal and the entire construction process. Lastly, TAs are the ones who inspect, record and approve IQPs.

Over the years, the existence and continued improvement of such guidelines have made it safer for people to use lifts and other vertical transportation services. While you cannot totally eliminate or avoid accidents, these standards will allow you to minimise the risks.