Bodine Electric of Decatur employees have now worked more than 1 million hours without a recordable incident, reaching a milestone that’s a product of their ongoing diligence and commitment to company safety practices.

The accomplishment was reached in September 2020 after more than 17 months of work in various environments.

Bodine, one of the largest electrical contractors in the Midwest, has more than 200 field electricians working on new construction, industrial maintenance, pipelines and other projects. In addition, more than 40 technicians perform work in the company’s electro-mechanical repair facility as well as in the field.

“The safety culture we’ve been able to build at Bodine is tremendous, and it’s driven in large part by the efforts our
employees put in every day,” said David Rathje, president of Bodine Electric of Decatur. “With an achievement of this magnitude, we all have a lot to be proud of.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines a recordable as any work-related injury or illness that requires medical treatment beyond first aid or results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job.

Bodine achieved a similar milestone in 2018, reaching the one-year mark without a recordable that spanned more than 650,000 hours.

Bodine has long been known for its safe work practices, having received numerous safety honors from organizations including the National Electrical Contractors Association and the Central Illinois Builders chapter of Associated General Contractors of America.

In addition, Bodine’s electro-mechanical repair facility has earned the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Site designation.

Bodine, a staple in the Decatur community since 1922, employs about 400 people and performs work for many of central Illinois’ largest industrial companies, municipalities and institutions.