Burk Shaw

Burk is President of Medsafe, La Porte, TX. He joined Medsafe in 1990 after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University with BBA in Finance & Economics. Burk has over 27 years of safety experience including manufacturing, services and distribution. Burk lives in Houston and is married to wife Talbott and has three children. Burk enjoys golf and spending time with family and friends on the weekends.

Burk serves on the SafetyNetwork.me board as a director. Burk is also on the Board of the Texas Safety Foundation which provides scholarships to students entering the safety field. Burk also has served on numerous advisory committees for safety equipment manufacturers.

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Articles by Burk Shaw


Suspension Trauma: The Danger of Fall Arrest Systems Suspension Trauma: The Danger of Fall Arrest Systems Suspension Trauma: The Danger of Fall Arrest Systems Suspension Trauma: The Danger of Fall Arrest Systems


Your fall arrest system stopped your fall, but what happens next could cost you your life. Learn about the dangers of suspension trauma.

Fall Arrest Systems: Can You Tie Off at Your Feet? Fall Arrest Systems: Can You Tie Off at Your Feet? Fall Arrest Systems: Can You Tie Off at Your Feet? Fall Arrest Systems: Can You Tie Off at Your Feet?


When anchorage options are limited, is it safe to tie off at foot level? Find out what you need to know before resorting to this.

Fall Protection OSHA Violations Fall Protection OSHA Violations Fall Protection OSHA Violations Fall Protection OSHA Violations


Fall protection consistently tops annual lists of OSHA safety violations. Learn how to avoid them and keep your workers safe and your...

Fall Protection Fundamentals: Self-Retracting Lanyards Fall Protection Fundamentals: Self-Retracting Lanyards Fall Protection Fundamentals: Self-Retracting Lanyards Fall Protection Fundamentals: Self-Retracting Lanyards


When working at height, your SRL is often your last line of defense. Find out how to properly inspect so it won't let you down when you...

How to Choose Your Fall Protection Anchorage How to Choose Your Fall Protection Anchorage How to Choose Your Fall Protection Anchorage How to Choose Your Fall Protection Anchorage


Your anchorage is an integral part of your overall fall protection system. Find out how to stay safe by selecting the right anchorage.

Summertime Roadwork and Heat Stroke Summertime Roadwork and Heat Stroke Summertime Roadwork and Heat Stroke Summertime Roadwork and Heat Stroke


Outdoor workers are at increased risk of heat-related illnesses during hot summer days. Learn the signs of heat stress and how to protect...

Q&A by Burk Shaw


What happens if I tie off at the foot level with a personal SRL? What happens if I tie off at the foot level with a personal SRL? What happens if I tie off at the foot level with a personal SRL? What happens if I tie off at the foot level with a personal SRL?


It’s not uncommon for construction workers to tie off at foot level with a personal SRL while working with leading edges. But it does...

How much clearance do I need to safely use a Leading Edge SRL? How much clearance do I need to safely use a Leading Edge SRL? How much clearance do I need to safely use a Leading Edge SRL? How much clearance do I need to safely use a Leading Edge SRL?


If you have workers at height, making proper use of a fall arrest system is crucial. It can mean the difference between life and death. The...