Terracon has hired Jim Wright as its national director of safety and health. In this position, he will lead the corporate safety group in working closely with all levels of leadership to support safety needs, and help operations build and sustain an incident and injury-free (IIF) workplace.

“We all go home safe to our families — that is everyone’s goal at Terracon. When I came here, I could immediately see the commitment to safety that the management team has,” Wright says. “I could also see that employees are embracing the safety culture. I have a passion for safety so it was important to me to find a company that shares that same commitment.”

Wright has more than 25 years of experience in safety management, programs and compliance. Before joining Terracon, he served as compliance manager for safety, health, environmental and quality for National Exploration, Wells and Pumps in Woodland, Calif. Wright has designed and implemented safety systems for drilling operations in the U.S., Africa, Australia, Mexico, Canada and South America.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central Methodist College and a master’s degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Central Missouri. Wright is chairman of the National Groundwater Association’s (NGWA) Professional Development Safety Subcommittee and received the organization’s 2012 Safety Advocate Award.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees, providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical and materials services from more than 130 offices in 42 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 35th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.