OSHA Penalty Increases

Miller & Martin PLLC Alerts | January 24, 2018

by Mike Mallen and Rachael Ruiz

In Case You Needed One More Reason to be PROACTIVE About Workplace Safety. . . Here are 129,336 Reasons.

On January 2, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Department of Labor is required to adjust penalties for inflation each year. New penalties for willful and repeat violations are $129,336 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $12,934 per violation; and failure to correct violations is $12,934 for each day the condition continues.

Below are the penalty amounts adjusted for inflation as of January 2, 2018.

Type of Violation                                                                               Penalty

Serious
Other-Than-Serious                                                                            $12,934 per violation
Posting Requirements 

Failure to Abate                                                                                  $12,934 per day beyond the abatement date

Willful or Repeated                                                                             $129,336 per violation

State Plan States

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA's.

Should you have any questions concerning these developments or other workplace safety issues, please contact Mike Mallen, Rachael Ruiz or any member of our Workplace Environmental, Health & Safety/OSHA Practice Group.