Where in the World is Thom Kramer?

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.

My goal—and that of everyone in LJB’s safety division—is to improve safety for workers at heights.  Whether those workers are around the corner or around the world, the goal is the same.

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