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The following information* is aimed at all those who select, specify, manage and operate mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). It tells you what you should consider before selecting a MEWP to gain access to work at height and the risks that need to be assessed and managed while the MEWP is in use. All types of MEWPs are covered by HSE guidance GEIS6 including ones that are:

■   Vertical ‘scissor’ lift
■   Self-propelled boom
■   Vehicle-mounted boom
■   Trailer-mounted boom

HSE produced GEIS6 in consultation with Strategic Forum for Plant Safety – MEWP Safety Group.

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*The above  ‘headings’ and the information provided has been adopted from General Information Sheet No 6 (GEIS6): The selection, management and use of mobile elevating work platforms. First published by the Health & Safety Executive 10/14 as a revision to Construction Information Sheet CIS58, for all those who select, specify, manage and operate MEWPs.  (Crown Copyright ©)

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