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Louisville District welcomes new safety chief

Published Feb. 15, 2017

Barry Wright is Louisville District’s new chief of safety and occupational health bringing with him 30 plus years of experience in industrial hygiene, public health, safety and occupational health management. He has served as the safety chief in the Walla Walla District and most recently spent three years as the safety program manager for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wright started with the district in November 2016 which gave him a month with his predecessor, Matthew Burg.

"This transition gave me a better perspective and knowledge in the fundamental operations of not only the safety office but the district as well," said Wright.

Wright has big goals for the safety program. "One of my primary goals is making safety accessible, integrating education and crusading our purpose that we are here to serve the district. We work for you," said Wright.

In his new role, Wright is responsible for managing the District Commander’s Safety and Occupational Health Program. He provides consultation and assistance to the uniquely specific design and construction programs for the military and reserve operations. His office also provides assistance for the safe operations and maintenance of the district’s navigation locks and dams and 20 flood risk reduction lakes.

"We want everyone to know that my staff is here to help," said Wright. "We have over 90 years of experience in our office and subject matter experts in all facets of safety and occupational health. We are a resource for the district and I look forward to getting out and seeing our operations and meeting the personnel that makes us the excellent organization that I am extremely proud to be a part of."