The concentration of horsepower on stage when driving wagons, lifting platforms, and hoisting scenery presents serious risk to the safety of performers, technicians, and audience members, as well as potential damage to costly stage equipment. People who set foot on stage or take a seat in the audience implicitly trust that we, as automation professionals, have analyzed the risks of mechanized movement and implemented safeguards to mitigate those risks. It is our professional duty to rigorously meet those expectations and thereby keep people safe from injury and prevent damage to property.

Safety measures are not layered onto an existing system as an afterthought, rather safety must be considered as an integral component ...

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