OSHA Raises Civil Penalties for Violations
Rates will be raised and adjusted for inflation in the future
WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules to account for the rate of inflation, which has increased since penalties were last raised in 1990.
The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on Aug. 1 for violations that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.
Under the new rule, fines for willful or repeat violators, which previously were levied at $5,000 to $70,000, will increase to $8,908 to $124,709; serious violations, previously $7,000, will now be $12,471; and other-than-serious, failure to correct, and posting violations, which previously carried fines up to $7,000, will now cost up to $12,471.
Publication date: 7/25/2016