OSHA posted notice in the Federal Register this week that it has raised civil penalties for safety and health violations its inspectors may find on job sites.
The increased fines are mandatory according to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act), which requires certain divisions of the Department of Labor to keep its monetary civil fines in step with the rate of inflation, with modifications required to be made by January 15 of each year.
OSHA has raised civil fines 2 percent across the board in keeping with what the agency has determined the economy demands. As of today, the 2018 maximum penalties per violation are as follows:
Repeat : $129,336
Willful: $129,336 (minimum $9,054)
Daily for failure to correct: $12,675 per day
The penalty levels employers face depend on when the violation(s) occur and when penalties are assessed. Here is OSHA's penalty levels chart:
The new OSHA fines and levels apply to federal OSHA states. Because states with their own occupational health and safety programs usually meet the federal OSHA levels, those agencies are expected to increase their fines soon.
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