Thursday, February 28, 2019

OSHA Increases Maximum Penalties for 2019

construction worker using drill
OSHA increased its maximum penalties against employers
for all types of safety violations. These new fines apply to all
citations issued after January 24.

Earlier this year, the Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration (OSHA) raised its maximum penalties against employers for safety violations. Fines increased across all classes of penalties, and will apply to all citations issued after January 24.

The schedule of 2019 OSHA maximum penalties are:
  • Other than Serious violations: $13,260
  • Repeat violations: $132,598
  • Willful or Repeated violations: $132,598
  • Failure to Abate: $13,260 (per day)
These penalty increases only apply to the 26 states controlled by OSHA; however, states that operate their own occupational safety programs must also increase their fines to align with OSHA standards

Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, civil penalties across federal agencies are required to adjust fines annually to keep up with inflation. In 2016, OSHA penalties increased by 78 percent to bring the penalties up to date; this year, OSHA penalties increased by 2.5 percent.

Contractors and construction supervisors can avoid fines by first making sure they have appropriate OSHA training. From there, educating themselves on the most common OSHA fines can help with overlooked violations. It's also important for employers to be aware of OSHA deadlines for posting, reporting, and training; failure to post or submit records can carry penalties of $13,260.

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