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18 March 15: Applications and Use 13: Platforms and Ladders

After listening to the Safety Show '15, I have come to the conclusion we install way too many platforms and ladders in the modern mill. 

Think about it.  At one time, we needed platforms and ladders to see what was going on in the process.  Today, with sensors and cameras, those precarious high elevation trips are only needed for maintenance.  And they are only needed for maintenance if we never thought through where to put the equipment in the first place.

The culture has always been one of generously installing platforms and ladders.  I am coming around to the way of thinking that ladders and platforms are often accidents waiting to happen. Yes, some are needed, but, again, with modern instrumentation and cameras, do we need them all?  It is something to think about. 

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