OSHA Increases Penalties

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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), headquartered in Washington, D.C., has announced an increase in penalties.

Civil penalties for violations of OSHA standards and regulations were increased to adjust for inflation. OSHA penalties for other-than-serious, serious and failure to abate violations increased by $319 from $12,615 per violation to $12,934 per violation.

The penalty for willful and repeat violations increased from $126,749 to $129,336, an increase of $2,587.

The new penalty increase will apply to any citations throughout the remainder of 2018. The penalty increase applies to federal OSHA states; however, OSHA expects that states operating their own occupational safety and health program will align penalty structures with federal OSHA, so that such programs are equally effective as federal OSHA.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.