W. Joe Shaw
W Joe Shaw is co-founder and president of Reliance Industries, a manufacturer of fall protection products and systems. He is also the founder and chair of MedSafe, a distributor of safety, occupational health and industrial hygiene products and services.
Shaw’s professional education began as a pharmacist with degrees from the University of Texas and a residency in hospital pharmacy from the U.S. Public Health Service.
In 2001, Shaw and Gary Choate formed Reliance Industries, LLC to provide industry-driven solutions related to the prevention of and exposures in fall protection. Reliance’s and Choate’s directed designs have led to the fan-shaped keeper gate on their snaphooks, a horizontal lifeline system and other innovations within the fall protection community.