Thom Kramer Named Chair of ANSI/ASSP Z359 Fall Protection Standards Committee

Thom Kramer becomes new ANSI/ASSP Z359 committee chair

After serving on the ANSI/ASSP Z359 fall protection standards committee for more than 14 years, LJB’s Thom Kramer was recently voted unanimously to chair the committee.

As committee chair, Kramer will oversee development of fall protection and fall restraint standards designed to prevent injuries to workers at height. The standards cover everything from fall protection program management to fall protection training to individual equipment components.

A dually registered professional engineer and certified safety professional, Kramer is an internationally recognized expert in applying engineering and safety practices to reduce risk for workers at heights. He specializes in assessing and designing fall protection systems.

“Protecting workers at heights is an ongoing process, and the way we develop and evolve ANSI standards supports that,” Kramer explained. “I’m honored and grateful to lead the charge of shaping fall protection requirements that give workers the best chance at continuous safety.”

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) oversees safety standards development. Regarding Kramer’s new position, ASSP president, Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, said, “Thom’s passion for ensuring the safety of workers at height is only matched by his expertise. We are thrilled to have him as a champion in this important lifesaving work.”

Kirk Phillips, head of LJB’s Health, Safety, and Environment practice, said, “Receiving the trust of his peers to protect the lives of workers worldwide is a significant accomplishment for Thom. His expertise makes ANSI better and helps LJB rise above all others in fall protection.”