OSHA Raises Fines for Safety Violations for First Time Since 1990

Posted on 6/30/2016 by Roger Marks

For the first time since 1990, penalties for violations of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) work safety rules have gone up.

OSHA was authorized to raise civil penalties for work safety violations late last year when Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Section 701 of that Act, titled Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, authorizes OSHA and some other agencies to raise the fines to account for inflation.

The New OSHA Penalty Amounts

For both serious and other-than-serious violations, defined at 29 CFR 1903.16(d)(3) and (d)(4) respectively, the maximum penalty will rise from $7,000 to $12,471. This new maximum penalty figure also applies to failure to post required State and Federal labor information and failure to abate (i.e., correct) violations uncovered during an OSHA safety inspection.

For willful or repeated violations (29 CFR 1903.16(d)(1) and (d)(2)], the maximum penalty will rise from $70,000 to $124,709. The minimum penalty, meanwhile, rises from $5,000 to $8,908.
The new penalty amounts take effect August 1, 2016 and can be applied to any violation that occurred after November 2, 2015. 
OSHA civil penalty amounts rise
The full list of adjusted penalty amounts for OSHA and other Department of Labor agencies is available here. Note: For the OSHA penalties listed in this chart, Lion Technology believes the references to 1903.15 should read “1903.16.”

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