Thomas Kramer Receives 2017 Standards Medal

Thomas E. Kramer, P.E., CSP, is the recipient of the 2017 Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal. Kramer is being recognized for his dedication to advancing fall protection around the world. He is vice chair of the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Committee on Fall Protection and has chaired two subcommittees (Z359.17 and Z359.6). He applied his years of experience to help create the revised ANSI/ASSE Z359, which is changing many aspects of fall protection and making work safer for employees working at heights.

Kramer’s passion for fall protection is demonstrated by his willingness to explain the standards and teach everyone he can about the nuances of fall protection. Throughout his work on the committee, he remained knowledgeable about the standard’s progress, often seeking comment from colleagues regarding items being discussed during its development.

Kramer is a member of the ANSI Z117 Committee on Confined Spaces and the ANSI Z590.3 Committee on Prevention Through Design. He is 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).

Kramer, principal at LJB Inc., is a safety consultant and structural engineer. He has spent much of his career consulting with clients to reduce risk for workers at heights. He specializes in the assessment and design of fall protection systems, as well as fall protection program development. He is widely considered a thought leader in the fall protection industry, having delivered more than 100 technical sessions and workshops on the topic. Kramer is Vice President of ASSE’s Council on Professional Development. He is a professional member of the Southwestern Ohio and Kitty Hawk chapters, and a member of the Engineering, International and Oil & Gas practice specialties.

The medal is named in honor of Thomas F. Bresnahan, a highly regarded retired ASSE staff member and ASSE Society Fellow. Bresnahan reinvigorated ASSE’s standards development program and helped position ASSE for future growth. ASSE members active in the development of voluntary national consensus standards are eligible to receive the medal, which is given to one member during ASSE’s annual professional development conference.