In the mid-1980s, many young people learned geography by tracking Carmen Sandiego as she solved mysteries around the world. Lately, LJB staff members are getting a geography refresher course through my travels around the world.
It has become a standing joke around the office, with coworkers asking, “Where in the world is Thom Kramer?” with the iconic Carmen Sandiego cadence. In the past six months, I have traveled to Germany, Kuwait (twice), Bahrain, and 10 U.S. states—all in the name of educating people about fall protection. In the next few months, I am traveling to Singapore and 10 U.S. states, including Hawaii, with the same mission.
While the travel can be grueling at times, I find it very rewarding to learn from and about others in the safety profession. No matter where I go, people are always engaged and excited about learning more, since fall protection can be such a challenging issue. To make it simple, I focus on one key point: use more engineering controls and less PPE equipment to protect your workers.