Thom Kramer Recognized for “Advancing Fall Protection Around the World”

For more than a decade, Thom Kramer has been an active participant and leader of the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Committee on Fall Protection. His tireless efforts to improve the standards and educate organizations on the best ways to apply them has led to receipt of the 2017 Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal. According to ASSE, Kramer is being recognized for his dedication to advancing fall protection around the world.

Today, he is vice chair of the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Committee, and he led the charge to create the revised ANSI/ASSE Z359 standard (or Fall Protection Code), which is changing many aspects of fall protection and improving safety for workers at heights. Thom has also chaired two subcommittees: Z359.17 on horizontal lifelines and Z359.6 on design of active fall protection systems.

In addition to his work on fall protection standards, Kramer is also a member of related standards committees – ANSI Z117 Committee on Confined Spaces and the ANSI Z590.3 Committee on Prevention Through Design. He is also a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for Fall Protection and a member of the ISO Workgroup for Fall Protection (ISO TC94 SC4 Personal Equipment for Protection Against Falls).

Thom will be receiving the medal—which is named in honor of Thomas F. Bresnahan, a highly regarded retired ASSE staff member who reinvigorated ASSE’s standards development program—during ASSE’s Safety 2017 event in Denver later this month. During the event, Thom will once again be speaking on a variety of fall protection topics, including two technical sessions (568 and 668), a panel discussion on the new OSHA Walking/Working Surfaces Rule (Session 748) and an ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection and Restraint Forum panel discussion (Session 719).

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